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Is Black Flight Destroying the Black Community?

According to a recent report, the widespread migration of affluent Blacks from northern cities is contributing to a widening income gap between whites and inner-city Blacks, and leaving the overall community more vulnerable to economic disparity.

Growing numbers of affluent African Americans are leaving cities for the suburbs and the South, and it is radically altering the way we think about economic inequality, and how members of our own community relate to other groups, as well as one another.

But is this growing phenomenon simply changing the nature of our community, or is it destroying our community?

From The Huffington Post:

“‘Reverse migration is changing the South and its race relations,” said Roderick Harrison, a Howard University sociologist and former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau.

He said a rising black middle class is promoting a growing belief among some black conservatives that problems of the disadvantaged are now rooted more in character or cultural problems, rather than race. But Harrison said most black Americans maintain a strong racial identity, focused on redressing perceived lack of opportunities, in part because many of them maintain close ties to siblings or other blacks who are less successful.”

According to the report, as wealthier Blacks leave cities, the economic despair of those left behind only increases.

The numbers of affluent Blacks moving to major urban centers in the South has grown in a particularly substantial way, with cities like Atlanta and Dallas seeing massive increases in the average incomes of their residents over the past 20 years. 

“Many affluent blacks are moving to the South, seeking a return to their ancestral homeland after a decades-long Great Migration to the North.

Pursuing a better quality of life, they are opting for more upscale metropolitan locales rather than the traditional rural communities of the old South in places such as Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, which remain home to larger shares of minority farmers, construction and other low-wage workers.

Since 1990, blacks living in Southern urban locations such as Atlanta, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Miami, where incomes rose in the last decade, have increased 70 percent”

Read the rest of this article at HuffingtonPost.com

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