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white flight

the movement of white people, especially middle-class white people, from inner-city neighborhoods undergoing racial integration to the suburbs.
Origin of white flight
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for white flight
  • Some of this change reflects growing diversity in the population as a whole, but some of it reflects white flight.
  • white flight to the suburbs is certainly a fact, but it exists in white-run cities as well.
  • white flight then increased making the problem worse.
  • To claim school integration caused white flight is silly.
  • By that point, white flight may have rendered school integration plans largely ineffective.
  • They have caused white flight and created heavily one race school districts.
British Dictionary definitions for white flight

white flight

the departure of White residents from areas where non-White people are settling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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