white flight

noun
Updated on: 8 Jan 2018

Definition of white flight

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

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First Known Use of white flight

1956


WHITE FLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

white flight

noun

Definition of white flight for English Language Learners

  • : 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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