Chocolate Cities is based on two social facts about Black American life.  One, Black American social life is best understood as occurring wholly in ‘The South’—one large territory, governed by a historically-rooted and politically-inscribed set of practices of racial domination, with a series of sub-regions; one large geography that has the characteristics popularly ascribed to the Jim Crow South: racism, residential segregation, disparate incarceration rates, poverty, and violence. Two, Black migrants brought and bring ‘The South’—black regional customs, worldviews and cultures—with them to their new homes in destinations across urban America.

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