Researchers concluded long ago that segregated schools and neighborhoods were linked to racial inequality. “Separate, but equal” is a fallacy.
But Sarah Mayorga-Gallo wanted to find out if the converse is true. Is there a link between diverse neighborhoods and more racial equality?
She tried to answer that question by studying a racially diverse community in Durham.
Her research is compiled in a book called Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood (UNC Press/2014).
Host Frank Stasio talks with Mayorga-Gallo, now a sociology professor at the University of Cincinnati, about her research and conclusions.