white flight


Definition of white flight

: the departure of whites from places (such as urban neighborhoods or schools) increasingly or predominantly populated by minorities

Examples of white flight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The districts say that money siphoned away to private schools forced them to seek levies and resulted in a white flight to private schools, creating re-segregation in public schools, Laura Hancock reports. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2022 Most of these spaces, once mainly white areas, became home to Black families during the time of white flight, desegregation and other societal changes that arose from roughly the 1950s and onward. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Dec. 2021 Her parents were the first administrators of the Harambee community school, which was founded in response to white flight in the neighborhood. La Risa R. Lynch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2021 Marty’s family never left the South Bronx, even during the fires, riots, and white flight of the Seventies. Rozina Ali, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 California schools never fully recovered from the busing and white flight of 50 years ago, nor from the shredding of budgets and local control under Proposition 13. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 As suburban sprawl enveloped the areas around cities, racist resource allocation hollowed out urban centers and encouraged white flight. Mar Hicks, Wired, 14 Oct. 2021 And yet, despite the steady growth of the transplant population, some locals believe that Hurricane Ida will reverse this trend, prompting enough white flight to slow, or even reverse, gentrification. Anya Groner, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2021 Two point five kids, a husband who works all day, a dog, white flight. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of white flight

1956, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2022

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“White flight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20flight. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of white flight

: an occurrence in which many white people move out of a city as more and more people of other races move in


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