Skip to comments.Many Blacks Abandoning North/Urban Areas, Moving South/Suburban (for same reasons everyone else is)
Posted on 03/26/2011 3:51:36 AM PDT by quesney
WASHINGTON The percentage of the nations black population living in the South has hit its highest point in half a century, according to census data released Thursday, as younger and more educated black residents move out of declining cities in the Northeast and Midwest in search of better opportunities.
The Rev. Ronald Peters, above, who moved last year from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, said the black middle class was more hopeful in the South than in the Northeast.
The share of black population growth that has occurred in the South over the past decade the highest since 1910, before the Great Migration of blacks to the North has upended some long-held assumptions.
Both Michigan and Illinois, whose cities have rich black cultural traditions, showed an overall loss of blacks for the first time, said William Frey, the chief demographer at the Brookings Institution.
And Atlanta, for the first time, has replaced Chicago as the metro area with the largest number of African-Americans after New York. About 17 percent of blacks who moved to the South in the past decade left New York State, far more than from any other state, the census data show.
At the same time, blacks have begun leaving cities for more affluent suburbs in large numbers, much like generations of whites before them.
The notion of the North and its cities as the promised land has been a powerful part of African-American life, culture and history, and now it all seems to be passing by, said Clement Price, a professor of history at Rutgers-Newark. The black urban experience has essentially lost its appeal with blacks in America.
This is the decade of black flight, said Mr. Frey. Its a new age for African-Americans. Its long overdue, but it seems to be happening.
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L.A. proved too much for the man,
So he’s leavin’ the life he’s come to know,
He said he’s goin’ back to find
Ooh, what’s left of his world,
The world he left behind
Not so long ago.
On that midnight train to Georgia,
And he’s goin’ back
To a simpler place and time.
And I’ll be with him
On that midnight train to Georgia,
I’d rather live in his world
Than live without him in mine.
So their parents trashed the areas their grandparents built and instead of fixing the problem they more south to trash those areas.
About like the halfbacks in NC.
Only to point this out...but it doesn’t matter what ethnic group you are...once you figure out that you can afford a house out away from the city (in a safer neighborhood), then you will move. Cities like St Louis, Omaha, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philly, and Madison are in the same path. Over the next forty years...we will all be shocked as inner cities across the US are vacated and other cities become like Detroit in the end.
“Over the next forty years...we will all be shocked”
Not me, I’ll be dead by then.
Well that should cause some disruptions in your plans.
Blacks are moving out of the Ghetto’s for much the same reason whites did.
They want better conditions to raise their children in and they want to live in peaceful neighborhoods where they can walk the street in safety.
The trouble is that they bring the problem with them.
The kids that they bring to better neighborhoods were the problem with the old neighborhood.
as evidenced in Detroit and Chicago.
..... Another way to view this perhaps is that significant numbers within the Black American community have finally decided it is time to leave the plantation.
But they will keep voting for Dems and wonder why the same problems they had up north followed them south.
I hope that you are correct because the net/net of all this would be more purple states as blacks bring Democrat voting tendencies.
If they realize that the reason cities are a wreck is Democrat policies and behaviors then this would be a good thing for the South.
After yesterday's news of the salary that snob Ken Feinberg, I'm having a hard time finding my 'southern hospitality'.
Hey, in the 60s and 70s, they were imported to Madison, Wisconsin by the do-good social workers to create jobs for themselves and they have done an exceptional job, along with the liberal pukes from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the RAT Party and the Labor Unions, to trash what was the best city to live in in America in the 50s!
Oh great. The Black freeloaders have driven the cities in the North into unsustainable debt, so now they head South, where they’ll be agitating for all the freebies that they voted for in the bankrupt North and they’ll be voting for Black “gimme” Democrats. If you object, you’re a “racist”, of course.
“Well that should cause some disruptions in your plans.”
Only if he is not a Christian... ;)
Rev. Jeremiah Wright even moved to a white suburb near Chicago. I bet he hates his whitey neighbors - but moved there anyway.
They only take the plantation with them.
They don’t ever leave it.
In many cities, the inner city may recover due to gentrification. Doubt that will ever happen in Detroit though—too far gone. They will eventually have to bulldoze much of it down and re-establish parks (or even farms).
Thanks quesney. Just in time to tip the 2012 election swing states.
"Like a good neighbor." He must be a riot at the local neighborhood association.
Some folks can run but they can’t hide. When the vast majority of black Americans realize they are beholden to the RATS and unions, then they will achieve economic freedom. The great society did nothing more than keep black folks in poverty.
The blacks are moving to the South.
The Mexicans are moving North from Mexico -- where they will meet the Blacks moving South.
Will they gang up on Whitey or fight each other for the "preferred victim status" racial spoils?
Will the Blacks and Mexicans form rival gangs (as is reportedly the case in prisons) for mutual protection?
Speaking of gangs, who will run the drug trade? Will the Mafia move down too, from New York and New Jersey?
Makes me even happier I live in Minnesota.
And if it comes here, I'm moving to the Dakotas, or Montana, or Idaho, or Wyoming.
Cities ought to become a thing of the past. We’ll still need some industrial/transport functions—airports, shipping ports. Outside of that, what is the point of having a city? I have no use for them at all.
A friend of mine in Minneapolis (a Democrat) complains all the time about the Somalian takeover.
a) the lack of assimilation
b) the number of young Somali men "disappearing" overseas -- presumably for Islamist training.
NO cheers, unfortunately.
We need cities to keep liberals concentrated and contained away from me.
I live 70 miles from Detroit and about 30 miles from Ann Arbor and you would think we were deep in the bible belt from the conservative attitudes around here.
I wonder--do cities create liberals, or do liberals create cities? If there were fewer cities, would there be fewer liberals?
I live within hearing distance of Michigan International Speedway. LOL.
He isn’t well known outside the district due to the fact that he keeps pretty quiet but my congressman (Tim Walberg MI-7) is probably one of the 5 most conservative men in congress.
I live less than 10 miles west of NYC, and you’d think you were in Lima, Peru; every year fewer signs in English, more foreign flags hanging without an accompanying American flag (though it looks great during the World Cup; flags everywhere), less places for an American to eat...
NJ really has everything; mountains to the shore, just about every nationality, etc. You live in the large western “American sector” of NJ, though it is changing; I couldn’t believe how many Hispanics were out there when we took the children to pick pumpkins.
I noticed that while they reported the number of blacks declining in Detroit, the number of Hispanics had actually increased. They are inheriting the earth.
I am from western N.J. on the Del. river just south of the gap & unfortunately libs from east of us are bringing their politics w/them to our area.
But like you say it is still a great place to live.
Oh please, Civ. Let’s hope not.
Our guy is the same story. Not well known, very solid: Scott Garrett (NJ-5)
So you’re somewhere near Hope or Buttzville?
Memphis and Atlanta are already on the way to being trashed and in some areas are dangerous to be caught in even during the day. It is beyond a crying shame. The socialist democrat welfare system is directly responsible for this.
Let me get this straight, middle class people of color are more hopeful living with racist southern hicks than they are with enlightened, northeastern liberals? Imagine that.
They know real bigots when they see them. Southerners are congenial, harmonious people, not the human trash they are portrayed as in the media. Black and white southerners alike are fine people. Who wouldn’t want to live among them?
Furthermore, the redistricting will be done by state legislatures which are now more Republican on the whole than they were in the last redistricting 10 years ago.
Here in Michigan the GOP holds all the marbles and John Conyers district was the big loser.
Exactly, rural Michigan is probably the most “Southern” of any place north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Yep. I grew up chasing a blue tic hound through the woods after coons.
Blacks might get quickly cured of their addiction in the South, because their love of Dems might be more based on living in blighted but densely populated coastal urban areas, than on the Dems’ questionable benefits to blacks per se. If you live in Detroit and there are no jobs, then food stamps, welfare, WIC, unemployment, rent subsidies, etc., are a lifeline, and you fear whites because you never meet any. If you live in Greensboro, NC, whites are your neighbors, their dialect is not dissimilar to your own, and it’s easier to start your own business, and thus resent high taxes. If you live in a rural area, gun control laws seem idiotic nuisances. If you live in Detroit, guns seem a dangerous menace, and you wish there was some way of getting rid of them. And so on and so forth.
Anyone who thinks that the North is less racist than the South, should remember the riots over school bussing in Boston in the 70s. Liberal northerners love blacks as long as they don’t have them for neighbors, or have one of them dating their daughter.
These days, I’d say it’s the opposite. The North has grown more racist, the klan more widespread there. I remember the Boston bussing conflicts well, even so.
I heard a suburban preacher once who suggested that in the interest of "justice" we should all send our kids to innercity schools--level the playing field you might say. I told him "you go first." That ended that little discussion. All these black families would want is the best for their children, just as I have.
In the future, the emergence of solid black elected Republican officials in the South, such as the two new black congressmen, might help change things.
All the way to Louisianna....where they dish out the dough to almost the entire population