I’m a long time CC’er, so I must be dense that I just realized this today.
Why is it that a college in a low income area (urban, rural or suburban) gets a pass if the surrounding neighborhoods are mostly white, but a college in a low income area with minority neighborhoods gets described as a “slum”, a “dangerous area”, etc?
It is fascinating to me that these descriptions don’t seem at all based on public information regarding violent crime, i.e. “how dangerous” the area actually is. And that the “warnings” never come with actual data-- i.e. most sex crimes on campus are student/student crimes, not stranger/student, many (not all) crimes on campus are student/student like stealing an unsecured laptop from a dorm lounge or an unattended wallet in the library, etc.
I’ve seen neighborhoods I’ve lived in which have multi-million dollar homes and apartments described as slums here on CC- without much pushback. And yet I’ve also lived in some non-urban areas, with mostly white populations, where the economic activity is check-cashing establishments and fast food joints, a very high percentage of the population is unemployed, and the rates of addiction and overdose are extremely high. But those neighborhoods aren’t slums for some reason?
Nobody is warning kids away from those rural colleges–even when they are in depressed regions, why? Because the poor people in the area are white and therefore are incapable of being scary to a college kid?
Just something to think about. And for posters to be aware that if someone has grown up in a diverse place, NYU, Georgetown, BU, Columbia and other urban colleges are hardly “slums”, just because the population isn’t mostly white around those campuses.