Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  While our places for employment are much more integrated, we still choose to live primarily in neighborhoods that reflect our own race.  Yesterday, I discovered a pretty cool 2010 census map (hat tip to ACU Professor Richard Beck’s Experimental Theology) showing one dot for each person counted.  The dots are color coded for race.  This beautiful, zoomable map presents a pretty clear picture of where people live.  It’s interesting to zoom in on your own city and neighborhoods.  How diverse is your city, your neighborhood?  For the majority of Americans, we live in neighborhoods almost exclusively of our own race.  The question of equality remains, but even more than equality, is the question of quality of life.  Do we lead fulfilling lives when we primarily live and interact with people who think, look, and act like us?  Or is something lacking?  Are we largely missing out on the richness and diversity of the American Melting Pot?

Click on the picture above to be taken to the interactive map hosted by the Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

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