“Backwards - you got it backwards you freakin’ idiots.”
Police in the areas surrounding Newark NJ did the same thing during the riots there decades ago. The whites never forgot, and now those areas have become welfare hives safely quarantined from “people that matter” by highways, railroads, and rivers. As Newark set new records with their murder rate a few years back, those whites and their descendants yawned and changed the channel; to them Newark may as well be halfway around the world. NJ is as segregated as any southern part of the United States (if not more so).
I am a Georgia native that travels the eastern US for a living. Have done many a job in Jersey...NYC...Chicago..etc. You got your claim ass backwards...Dunno if you've ever been down here in the dirty south...but Newark is segregated...like most urban areas in the North....not down south...we actually live amongst each other. I'd bet many NYC folks never see black people up close till they hit their twenties. Most of the black kids I grew up with in 1970's country ass Georgia were better off than I was...we ate with them..they ate with us. We all played on the same teams...and fought on the same side when the city boys from Atlanta would come starting crap.
Just a FYI...in case you actually paid a visit down here so the shock wouldn't hit so hard.