Opinion: Can CT move past a shameful history of segregation?

The state deserves credit for the release of the Connecticut Housing & Segregation Study, which was made public in January. This deep dive into the state’s residential housing patterns reveals historic discrimination that has persisted to the present day and continues to shape our cities and towns. Connecticut, it finds, is among the most segregated states in the union.

At the same time, the response to the report shows we still have a long way to go toward closing our state’s opportunity gaps and achieving meaningful integration through genuine choices in housing.

Gov. Ned Lamont, when asked for his response to the segregation study, said he wondered how much of the findings were based on people’s personal choices. “Is it all about geography and where people live?” he said to reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas of Hearst Connecticut Media. “Or is it about self selection in schools? Is it self selection and how we live our lives or where we work?”


Opinion: Can CT move past a shameful history of segregation?, Constance L. Royster & Philip Tegeler, CT Mirror, March 4, 2024, available here

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