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Brick One of N.J.’s Least Diverse Towns, Analysis Shows

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Brick Township, NJ Logo (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Township, NJ Logo (Photo: Daniel Nee)

In a state known for its racial and ethnic diversity, Brick is one of the towns that bucks the trend, an analysis by a major New Jersey newspaper shows. 

The Newark Star-Ledger used a metric known as the diversity index to calculate which towns had the most homogeneous populations – regardless of which race was majority. The index “measures the likelihood, on a scale of 0 to 1, of picking two people of different races out of a certain population.” That means towns with lower numeric scores will have more residents of one particular race.

Brick was the seventh least-diverse town in New Jersey. The analysis showed that Brick scores a .24 on the index. Its population was 87 percent white, 8 percent Hispanic, 2 percent black and 2 percent Asian.

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Ocean County is also home to the least-diverse town in the entire state: Berkeley Township, which scored a .21 on the index, thanks to its 89 percent white majority.

The top ten towns included:

10. Cranford (White)
9. Union City (Hispanic)
8. Washington, Gloucester County (White)
7. Brick (White)
6. Washington, Morris County (White)
5. Raritan (White)
4. East Orange (Black)
3. Middletown, Monmouth (White)
2. Sparta (White)
1. Berkeley, Ocean (White)

 

The entire data set can be seen on the Star-Ledger’s website.


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  • J W

    Brick and Berkeley are not ashamed of that fact. Proud to be part of that 2%.

    • Common Sense

      Just imagine what a hateful piece of shit everyone would consider the guy who posted “proud to be part of the 98%”. They’d make him out to be a Grand wizard in the Clan.

      You should be proud of your lineage regardless of what it is, everyone should and people who tell you different are scumbags. That being said the hypocrisy of some ethnicities being able to be openly “proud” while a Caucasian being proud means they’re against other races- Retarded.

      A black or Latino man being proud of their heritage doesn’t mean they are simultaneously feeling better than, or hating, other races. Yet if it’s a white guy than he couldn’t possibly be proud of being white without hating everyone that’s not.

      • J W

        White pride is about hanging nooses. Black power is about cutting them down. There’s nothing but shame in the former. This country has a strange love affair with racism and white supremacy, glad that we’re growing in numbers to force a change to that system. Plantatation days are over.

      • Common Sense

        This is exactly the retarded thinking I was speaking of. White pride would be feeling proud of the 1st world civilizations, scientific discovery, and technological advances that we are responsible for (and our sheer volume of accomplishment).

        Hanging nooses is called hate and the hicks that hide behind white pride as an excuse for hate are a minority in themselves.

        And if all black power is to a black man is fighting the aforementioned hicks then that’s really sad because it should be a pride, not an endless perceived victimization.

        If that’s the way you think then no wonder you feel a “love affair with racism and white supremacy”, it’s all you’re looking to see.

      • J W

        White pride is hitler speak. Go back to Germany.

      • Common Sense

        Hitler didn’t advocate “white pride”. There was plenty of people we consider white that didn’t fit into his doctrine. He preached Aryan lineage. If you read a history book that wasn’t specifically tailored to your narrative you might have known that.

        Now comes the part where you tell me I’m a Hitler apologist and therefor a racist, blah blah blah noose, burn a cross, etc simply for knowing history right?

      • KaayC

        Over – Yes for two hundred years. I have never owned a slave. No one in my family or lineage has ever owned a slave. They fled famine to come to a country where they weren’t wanted either. The US has the most open door immigration policy in the world. Don’t think so? Go to Italy or France or any other country and seek employment and see how welcoming they are especially to an American. That being said, slavery was a disgrace and speaks to my point. Those people were brought here by force and greed and not organically as it would be if they simply opted to come of their own volition. As to a new wave of immigration, Just because people want to come here it is not their right unless they come by legal means. We have the right to sovereignty and a common language. Though I speak three languages I will say that if we are going to press two for Spanish then every other ethnicity deserves the same privilege. Just because people want diversity does not mean that we need all be thrown in a blender. Some people will just naturally gravitate to certain regions and I say let it be. Quando yo soy en Mexico yo hablo Espanol pero quando yo soy en Estados Unidos yo hablo Ingles. When in Rome do as the Romans do.

      • J W

        Learn to speak Cherokee and I’ll take you seriously. Until then, it’s just hyper nationalist gibberish that makes enemies to justify its solutions solutions without problems.

      • Common Sense

        Learn to speak Cherokee?! Maybe just focus on mastering reading English before you worry about expanding huh?

      • Make America Greater

        Black Pride is being the only kid in your projects to know who your real father is.

  • Make America Greater

    Berkely is 1/3 redneck and 2/3 senior
    citizens.

  • KaayC

    Diversity might be a great thing if it occurs organically. Are we to force diversity? To what goal and what end? Does Norway have the most Norwegians? Where is the Press 3 for Chinese?

    • J W

      Organically, like when people came over on boats with guns, small pox blankets and slaves and suddenly started complaining about people not speaking English or acting too black?

      • Common Sense

        He obviously meant in the time we live in. Not all of us live back then.

      • J W

        Same thing, different era. Emmet Till got lynched and tossed in a river. Trayvon Martin was shot dead by a gun nut who was stalking him because he was afraid. Jim Crow had a kid names James K Crow Jr Esq, who joined the country club and got some more respect for selling the same product.

  • Common Sense

    Don’t worry though, this new bullshit about having to have a certain amount of low income houses crammed into towns will change these numbers. Everyone wants to be PC and “inclusive”, God forbid someone decide you’re a racist.

    Here’s FACT- most of that “diversity” in Brick lives in Maple Leaf park where we now have stabbings, rabid heroin infestation, and it’s so bad police have to maintain a constant presence. But no, everybody be ashamed that we don’t have even more of that percentage of the population. Better to be stabbed for delivering a pizza than to appear to be racist.

  • Goodgrief

    Today it is PC to be anti white.

    • J W

      Nobody’s anti white, you racists are just resorting to the last respectable line of defense you have left. Oppressors dont get to play the poor pitiful us card.

      • Common Sense

        You are anti white. Everything you’ve posted shows that you’re anti white. You’re carrying a grudge from before your years. See how you hop to calling people racists? That’s cause you need to throw it out before the pot calls the kettle, well racist. You then refer to us as “the oppressors” which is further proof that you hate white people.

        And buddy no one else is posting about small pox blankets. You’re the only one here playing the “pitiful us card”, again ironic since you’re trying to project that on us. Your backward ass stagnant thinking is as big an obstacle to race lines dissolving as some redneck yelling nigger, you just have better vocabulary and choose your words carefully.

      • J W

        Yeah, calling me the n word is really helping your cause. No, this is the sort,of thing I’m talking about. Go burn a cross.

      • Common Sense

        Where did I call you a nigger? If you had read a single word I wrote, or comprehended it, I never called you OR ANYONE a nigger.

        I was trying to have an adult conversation here but you obviously just scanned what I wrote looking for something to be upset about since you just picked out the word, and zero context. My mistake for treating you like an adult.

        Also don’t say “nword”. You give the word a pass when you cop out and say “nword”. You’re obviously angry about it (and why wouldn’t any black person hate that word, it’s definitely justified) so when having a conversation about it say it. Say it out loud so the bitterness, the ugliness of the word is bluntly presented and not watered down.

        If you want to put on your big boy pants and reread what I wrote then maybe the conversation could continue. If you just want to be the poor little victim being triggered by a word that is presented in a clear and non directed context (actually described the person saying it as scum) then continue living your life like a persecuted little racist. Must be easier when nothing is your fault and there’s a world of people trying to “hold you down”. What a fucking cop out.

      • Make America Greater

        JW is jealous because she is not white.

      • Common Sense

        Imagine living in a little bubble where any failure you experience, from getting a job to the store being out of your favorite candy, is because another race of people exist. Holy fuck it must be exhausting…. but kind of liberating.

  • JG

    I noticed this as a high school student in the 70s. Someone told me that there had always been an underground KKK movement in Brick. I thought it sounded ridiculous and conspiratorial, but the person pointed out that Brick’s mascot, the dragon, is a KKK symbol. I did always wonder why no other team had that mascot….Still, it sounds pretty far fetched to me.

    • J W

      They burned a cross on the lawn of the Patels when they moved in to Kirk Lane back in 88 or so. This is Bricktucky.