Suburban “white flight” has long been a staple of liberal grievances against Amerika. But guess what, Hillary? Turns out American blacks are fleeing Democrat-run cities in large numbers now, too. Says the superb demographer William Frey at the center-left Brookings Institution:
While much attention is correctly given to alleviating the persisting segregation of blacks in many American cities, it is also important to recognize a newly emergent shift to the suburbs among blacks from major cities with established black populations. Black population losses have been occurring in some cities since the 1970s. However, the magnitude and pervasiveness of black city population losses during the first decade of the 2000s was unprecedented. As discussed in my book “Diversity Explosion,” the black population of the combined central cities of the 100 largest metropolitan areas declined by 300,000 between 2000 and 2010. This is the first absolute population decline among blacks for these cities as a group.
Thirteen of the 20 cities with largest black populations (including nine of the 10 largest) registered declines in their black populations from 2000 to 2010. Among central cities of the 100 largest metropolitan areas 33 experienced declines in their black populations, and 68 showed either first-time losses, larger losses, or smaller gains among blacks than in the 1990s. Clearly, the black urban presence, which has been the mainstay of many large cities, is diminishing.
Frey reported the converse of this last week: Suburban white flight has nearly vanished:
Whites are hardly the lifeblood of suburban growth anymore. As noted in my book, “Diversity Explosion,” whites contributed to only 9 percent of total suburban population growth in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas between 2000 and 2010.
No wonder race mongers are complaining about “gentrification” of central cities. Their own voters are voting with their feet.