New and Old Approaches to Housing Bias
Rioting in Detroit, Newark and more than two score other cities so far this summer has directed attention more sharply than ever to the continued existence and the demanding problems of urban Negro ghettos. Negroes in the cities are concentrated in segregated neighborhoods because, among other things, it has been almost impossible for them to find housing elsewhere. Racial discrimination helped to create the Negro ghetto and its attendant problems, and it has played a large part in preventing dispersal of the ghetto dwellers. Proponents of “open housing” laws believe they have found one way to relieve—though not eliminate—some of the feelings of hopelessness and being trapped that are at the root of Negro discontent.