Friday, October 02, 2009

Fleeing to "Whitopia" and the re-shaping of America

America is disuniting on the basis of race, politics and culture, say the authors of two recent books. Many are fleeing to what one calls "whitopia."

Lewis Beale writes:
In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where 95 percent of the population is white, Rich Benjamin saw more Confederate flags than black people. Not that Benjamin was looking for suggestions of racism, but in his forthcoming book, Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America (Hyperion, Oct. 6), he was trying to discover why some of the fastest-growing areas in America are also the most Caucasian. "There's a long-term harm when Americans accept balkanization as a way of life," says Benjamin, who is an African American. "Segregation can appear to allay social tensions, but it worsens them in the long run. Optimal democracies require more than voting; they require social integration and involvement." READ MORE