Thursday, June 22, 2017

Black exodus from Crook County, Illinois accelerating

Abandoned factory in Dixmoor
African-Americans have been voting nearly exclusively Democratic since the 1930s. So you think blacks would be flocking to that deep-blue Valhalla of Cook County--Chicago is its county seat--in droves.

But the opposite is happening.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Cook County in 2016 again recorded the largest black population of any county in the U.S., but it carries that title with less conviction than previous years as more African-Americans move to outlying suburbs or warmer states in the South and West, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Between 2015 and 2016, more than 12,000 black residents left Cook County, an increase from the previous year when about 9,000 residents left. The greater Chicago area, which for the census includes parts of Indiana and Wisconsin, has lost nearly 46,000 black residents since 2010. That exodus is larger than in any other metropolitan area in the country.

"I've noticed people have been leaving the city of Chicago, absolutely," said Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Chicago's predominantly black Woodlawn neighborhood. "Families, especially, and some single-parent households with young males. I think those two factors are contributing to the numbers you're seeing."

Some of those who left Chicago and Cook County relocated to other parts of the state, but Illinois still recorded a population drop of about 10,000 black residents between 2015 and 2016, more than any other state. Experts say it is an indication that the majority of the state's black flight is occurring in Chicago.
Rather than pointing out the differences between blacks and whites, I prefer to dwell on our similarities. Namely, blacks, like whites, Hispanics, and Asians, abhor crime, failing schools, and inept government.

Decline and fall.

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