Dave Gullett

a miscellanea

Racial Segregation in America

Wired published an article showing the work of Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Mr. Cable has plotted the racial make up of America using data from the 2010 Census.

His work is almost art, it is so mesmerizing. However, as Wired points out, our country and our communities remain greatly divided.

To illustrate, here are two screenshots from the area near my home.

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The mostly green triangle near Lucasville is approximately the location of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.

The red arrow points toward two red dots seemingly randomly located in an otherwise rural white area.

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In Portsmouth, you can see the relatively well defined White and African-American neighborhoods, along with a small Hispanic community.

What I find interesting is how the Asians are dispersed throughout the rest of the population.

I don’t have any conclusions to draw here but it is interesting to see on a map how a community I perceive as being almost exclusively white does have more diversity that appears on the surface.

You can check out the map for yourself here and read the Wired article here.

 

 

On Life Together

Building off some ideas of Deitrich Bonhoeffer, James Shelley makes this important observation:

“In other words, it is possible to love our ideas about marriage, family, friendship, and community more than our actual spouse, children, friends, and neighbours. In fact, it is far easier to love abstract ideas floating around in our heads than it is to love actual people who have their own ideas about how things should be. And the more in love we are with the abstract ideas, the more difficult it will be to accept and love the real thing”
(Caesura Letters: “Life Together”)

I would add that many of us are so in love with our “abstract ideas” (i.e. our “theology”, our “politics”, our “principles”, etc.) that we have long ago abandoned any meaningful love for each other.