Definition of white flight in US English:

white flight


  • The move of white city-dwellers to the suburbs to escape the influx of minorities.

    • ‘The proportional increase of black composition in central cities is primarily attributable to white flight out of central cities and black in-migration into central cities.’
    • ‘By then, three decades of systemic racism had helped fuel white flight to the suburbs.’
    • ‘Through ‘blockbusting’, for instance, some realtors managed the process of black purchase of homes in white areas, usually causing panic selling and speeding white flight to the suburbs.’
    • ‘In the 1950s and 1960s, white flight from ‘inner cities’ transformed the American landscape.’
    • ‘One result was white flight to the suburbs, relegating black parents to tenement housing in city slums and their children to racially segregated schools that practiced a rigid tracking system.’
    • ‘Like many neighborhoods, West Oak Lane has long suffered the effects of white flight and subsequent urban decay - abandoned homes and storefronts, drug dealers and trash-strewn streets.’
    • ‘This reflects a history of white flight to the suburbs and a system in which schools are funded through local property taxes.’
    • ‘As Sides shows, the familiar narratives of black hyper-segregation, white flight, and concomitant deindustrialization don't fit the story of twentieth-century Los Angeles.’
    • ‘The systemic redlining of minority and mixed-race neighborhoods economically depressed the market value of homes in those communities and fueled white flight to the suburbs.’
    • ‘In the past, such population shifts resulted from white flight.’
    • ‘It was in a giant collapse - the race riots, Vietnam, the white flight, the industrial flight.’
    • ‘In the cities, the combination of white flight and concentrations of black voters resulted in the election of the first black mayors: Carl Stokes in Cleveland, Ken Gibson in Newark, Coleman Young in Detroit.’
    • ‘This preparation for massive suburban development followed closely on the heels of the Kerner Commission Report and the attempt to de-segregate by forced busing, which merely increased white flight out of the inner city.’
    • ‘New Orleans didn't just experience white flight, but Creole flight, black middle-class flight.’
    • ‘It was all downhill from there - the war, the riots, the white flight, the Nixon years - the shift away from civil rights and toward conservatism.’
    • ‘Everyone gathered around the coffee machine in the English department lounge may know that white flight causes urban poverty, but that doesn't mean it's true.’
    • ‘The potential landmines that can blow up a successful life can be traced to the plague of drugs and gangs, to welfare and white flight, to racism and all the way back to slavery.’
    • ‘Unlike in many other countries, planners have not been called upon to address the problems of inner city disinvestment, white flight, and segregation.’
    • ‘Such a conclusion, however, would ignore patterns that may indicate that white flight from blacks and other minorities persists at significant levels.’
    • ‘Given that white flight and legal barriers have made integration nearly impossible to achieve, the only way to revive the legacy of Brown may be to push for equity in the conditions under which children learn.’


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