And the most racist state in the Union is . . .

And the most racist state in the Union is . . .

And the most racist state in the Union is–Wisconsin!

A Boston University study finds racism in the north! And the more racism, the more police shootings of black people!

(H/t the Nonprofit Quarterly.)

The Nonprofiteer realizes this is something of a dog-bites-man story: so new? Though she wouldn’t have expected Wisconsin to be #1 on the list, she’s not surprised to find Illinois as high as #4 (not higher?). And the study’s conclusion–that racism’s costs are borne by every place and every person it taints–reminds her why it’s important for, e.g., the League of Women Voters of Cook County to keep examining segregation.

Many people think residential segregation is a natural phenomenon–that people just choose to cluster with others who are similar. It’s not: there’s a whole history of governmental choices which produced the segregation we experience today, and every one of them was designed to reduce opportunities for people of color. If we shrug our shoulders and say, “That’s just the way it is,” we’re deciding that a large portion of our population is disposable.

No, it’s not.

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