Philadelphia is the Most Diverse and Segregated City


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Imagine walking down the streets of downtown Philadelphia, which is a very crowded area. You start to notice a Love sculpture where many tourists surround it with cameras. You notice the smiles of people's faces and laughter is present in the air. The "City of Brotherly Love" is very admirable, so you decide to walk around and look at this beautiful city.

As you are walking, people are accidentally bumping into you because there is not enough room for them to walk on the concrete sidewalk. There are many beautiful tall buildings that you started to pass, such as the Comcast Center at 17th JFK Blvd.

Once you take a look at your surroundings, you notice different kinds of people, from their skin color to their clothes and hair. You start to see beautiful melanin skin tonne that varied in its darkness. There are people, who are garbed up in their religious attire. They may also have curly or straight hair that ranged from blonde, black, red, or any color that you think in your head. No one has the same appearance or personality as everyone is different.

Why does it matter?

 Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of approximately 1.5 million between the years of 2018 and 2019. Since Philadelphia is the largest city, it includes one of the most diverse communities. According to the United States Census Bureau, Philadelphia is made up of the following racial/ethnicity groups:

  • African Americans are 44%
  • Caucasians are 43%
  • Hispanics/Latinos are 14%
  • Asians are 7.8%
  • “Other race” is 6.1%
  • Two or more races are 2%
  • American Indians, three or more races, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiian are below 1%.

Based on statistics, Philadelphia seems very diverse in its numbers. However, if you take a look at each section in this city, you will notice how neighborhoods made up of at least one predominantly racial group. The citywide diversity index measures the percentage of people that. belong to a different racial group. According to "The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated", it states that Philadelphia is the fourth most segregated city as the percentage is '-12.6.

Philadelphia is diverse, but it is segregated in his neighborhoods. In each section of Philly, one racial or ethnic group outweighs the other. Instead of trying to integrate minorities, they rather remain separate.

Based on the Demographics of each race in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, you will notice a trend. A neighborhood only has a dominant race or ethnicity, instead of it being 50/50. This trend will continue to happen unless individuals take a stand to fix this issue

Take a trip to the North section of Philadelphia, specifically Hunting Park, Juniata Park, and Upper Kensington. You will notice that most Hispanics live in this area with each other. This community dominates any other racial group in this area because most races try to stick with each other.

When you approach areas why, which includes Germantown, parts of Southwest, North, and West Philly, they are made up predominantly of African Americans. Some people are may call these areas the "hood" since these areas lack many resources for the communities to be able to access.

In the Northeast or Center City, there are more White Americans. Some may even say the more walkable an area is, the more likely a White American will live there.

So, is Philadelphia diverse? The answer is no because Philadelphia may have a lot of people with different ethnicities, but they often end up living with their ethnicity and nothing more. This city is very segregated because minorities refuse to live with other minorities with a different background. They are more comfortable with living with people that understand their culture, instead of trying to explain their culture to another person.

Action needs to happen, so Philly will no longer be one of the most segregation cities in America. Here are some solutions to this issue:

Are they any solutions to fix this issue?

 The solutions to this social issue are quite simple. There are many events in which people may participate and have a good time. There is an event in South Philly, where people can also come and gather with other people.

For example, the Odunde Festival in South Philly brings awareness to the African culture, yet people from different cultures come to that event. People buy clothes, food, jewelry, etc. from their culture. Towards the end of the festival, music is played to bring the whole community as one.

   Also, Penn’s Landing has so many diverse festivals, which everyone is welcomed to come. It has festivals for Hispanics, African Americans, the LGBT community, etc. At festivals, people come together to eat, dance, and communicate from different cultures.

For example, at the Hispanic Festival, there were people from different cultures, who danced the salsa and bachata. You don't have to belong to a certain race to go to one of these festivals. Instead, you can go to support and become more knowledgeable.

Residents in Philly should try to move in a neighborhood with another racial group, besides their own. You have to beat segregation by integrating with other people. It is important to learn how to be uncomfortable with learning about different cultures or backgrounds.

There are local organizations that you can be apart of, regardless of where your family comes from. You can sign up to play sports, join advocacy groups, or other organizations that will promote diversity. You have to be willing to try to connect with other racial groups, so Philadelphia can be diverse again.

What are some solutions do you propose to fix this issue? Do you ever think that Philly is known to be a segregated area? Why do you think most minorities rather live with each other? Do you think this issue can be fixed and how long do you think it will last? Will Philadelphia always be segregated? Do you see much diversity in your neighborhood? How would you try to fix this issue or would you even try to fix it?

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