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1 definition by Eleanor Sinclair

 
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A perfectly legitimate attempt by innocent people, often oppressed white middle class individuals and families, to exercise their civil rights to choose which neighbors they want to live with and what lifestyle they wish to pass on to their children, by peacefully leaving neighborhoods that no longer meet their very reasonable standards of safety and decency. This phenomenon is often misrepresented as racist by those who resent the freedom to move that these hard-working people have earned, without dependence on government support.
Detroit, Michigan displays the results of white flight. Neighborhoods that once thrived, filled with wage-earners who took good care of their properties and maintained acceptable behavior standards for safety, are now nearly empty. Those who remain are sometimes recorded as complaining to the government, demanding that should step in with taxpayer's money and fill the increasingly wide gaps left behind.
by Eleanor Sinclair February 11, 2008