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Old 10-23-2009, 08:13 AM
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Default Why Are There So Few Blacks In The Cities Liberals Love?

If you look at a map of black population distribution by percentage of county (including maps drawn from the 2000 census data), you'll see that apart from a few outlier cities like Chicago & Los Angeles, black people mostly live in the old South, especially along the Mississippi up to St. Louis, and in the eastern seaboard states up to New York City. Even distribution of black population in Texas looks a little like what I'd imagine overall population distribution in that state looked like at the time of the Civil War.

Isn't the most obvious explanation for where black people live and don't live the one Dayo calls "crude" in the dialogue? -- African Americans are mostly descendants of people brought here as slaves to work on Southern plantations. Maybe the most important question is why are black people as a group content to live where their parents lived, relative to other Americans (apart from a movement north in the Eastern states)? Two explanations suggest themselves: (1) poverty; (2) if we break down the mostly bogus construct of "white" ethnicity into more coherent immigrant groups (English ancestry, German ancestry, Irish, Italian, Polish, etc.) and look at population distribution, we'll see a similar stability -- in other words, people in general tend to live where their families settle and black people are no different in this regard. (The second explanation is just a guess, I haven't looked for proof.)
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