“More whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a former center for the Los Angeles Lakers, said to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “That’s why we have shows like Ghostbusters and don’t have shows like Racistbuster. You know, it’s something that’s still part of our culture and people hold on to some of these ideas and practices just out of habit and saying that, well, that’s the way it always was. But things have to change.”
An analysis of census data conducted by researchers at Brown University found that income is less of a reason for the lack of fair housing practices. “With only one exception (the most affluent Asians), minorities at every income level live in poorer neighborhoods than do whites with comparable incomes,” the researchers found. “We cannot escape the conclusion that more is at work here than simple market processes that place people according to their means.” Along with residential segregation, the study notes, comes access to fewer resources for those in minority neighborhoods.