Thursday, May 6, 2010
"When Angela Freeman moved to Pennsauken in the mid-1980s, she was among a wave of black teachers hired to reflect the township's changing racial demographics. ... Freeman felt welcome enough, but she noticed that any discussion of race was conducted in code, with teachers and administrators avoiding words like black and white. ... The issue is how to stanch the outflow of the town's white residents while creating a welcoming environment for everyone. ... The strategy, as refined over the years: Market the town's diversity as an asset. ... In those 20 years 1980-2000], there has been a doubling of minority residents, drawn by the same relatively low property taxes and proximity to Philadelphia that had attracted families for decades. ... 'People were asking why, I a black man, wanted more white people living here. It wasn't an easy sell,' said [Harold] Adams, a real estate assessor. 'We were coming at it from a practical standpoint.' ... 'When a town gets below 50 percent white, it makes it very difficult for the town to maintain services,' Adams said", James Osborne at the Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 February 2010, link:
See my 5 January 2009 post:
http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/01/wait-listed-by-jail.html. Should Pennsauken offer whites minority set-asides?