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  •  Don't overread into my comment (6+ / 0-)

    It's not a city where racial tensions or discrimination are as prominent as say LA or Boston in the 70's-90's (although I'm sure that minorities would have a more useful perspective on that than I could), and I didn't experience the sort of casual racism in non-minorities that I have in NYC. But it's clearly there, in more submerged and nuanced form, partly because minorities tend to live in different parts of town and thus if you're not a minority you're less like to be exposed to minorities where you work AND live than in some other cities.

    I don't begin to be an expert on this subject, but one of the things that did strike me in my years living there was how "white" the city was, despite the significant minority population. I finally realized that it wasn't because the city was necessarily any "whiter" than other cities in the aggregate, and it did have significant numbers of minorities, especially blacks, Latinos and Asians, but rather because this effective segregation made it more likely that you'd mostly see people of your racial group where you lived and even worked than in some other cities, like NYC, the only other city I've lived in as an adult.

    It's also become a much more gentrified city, which longtime locals of all racial and ethnic groups tended to decry, for understandable reasons.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:02:09 AM PDT

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    •  "Undercover sting finds illegal housing (8+ / 0-)

      discrimination in Seattle"

      interesting article:
      http://www.kplu.org/...

      The tests

      Investigators posed as prospective renters, inquiring in person and over the phone. In most cases, the Fair Housing Center used paired testers to measure differences in the services they received from leasing agents, as well as information about vacancies, rental rates and other conditions. The matched pairs of testers had similar rental profiles in every respect except for their race or disability.

      In race-based tests, they found nearly 70 percent of property managers favored white renters, by doing things such as quoting higher rents to blacks and requiring credit and criminal checks that weren’t required for whites.

      In 36 percent of the properties tested, they found inconsistencies that create barriers for people with disabilities. These included refusing to accommodate service animals, not telling testers about available units or not providing parking areas with spots designated for people with disabilities.

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:06:27 AM PDT

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      •  Red lining has gone underground (5+ / 0-)

        But it still exists, of course. Everywhere. Things are only getting worse for lower income people (which is of course not the same thing as minorities although there is much overlap) in cities like Seattle, where rents have gone through the roof. So between housing discrimination and higher rents, plus lower income opportunities, segregation has probably only gotten worse.

        To its credit, though, Seattle is pushing for a higher minimum wage.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Sun May 04, 2014 at 02:00:08 PM PDT

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