Blacks in New York, meanwhile, earned 67 percent of the income of whites.In metropolitan areas, whites often resist inroads by blacks because they see even small gains as a precursor to wholesale change.When it came to dating, she said, the fathers of some girls became unhappy. "I told my boys they could date whoever they wanted," she said. You don't need to do that." Shortly after graduation from high school, the boys decided to return to a more urban life in Lexington. "By the time they get around to us, they're just too tired." A few years ago, tiny bands of white racists like the Aryan Nation came to the Northwest hoping to find fertile ground for their views.
After earning a computer science degree at Kentucky in 1972, she started to raise a family in Lexington. But in places like Billings, where the black population is less than 2 percent of the total population of 81,000, whites can remain devoted to equal rights without any real sense of threat that blacks will come to dominate jobs or neighborhoods, said Douglas Massey, a sociologist at the University of Chicago.