Mapping Race

We talked some about this tonight, with regard to “All Identity is Local” on Saturday and our readings so far. Nicola sent us this interesting map series by Eric Fischer. Rather than aggregating racial and ethnic groups by cities or census blocks, he uses a dot density map – one that arguably allows for more nuance, and illustrates the fluidity of social groups.  Agree? Disagree? Thoughts? Please comment!

“I was astounded by Bill Rankin’s map of Chicago’s racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000.”

You can read more about this project and Eric Fischer’s other work on his flickr page.

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