Large scale movement of African Americans over the past 10 years
African Americans Flee Failed Liberal Northern Cities for the Conservative South
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One of the most interesting results from the 2010 census, little discussed by the media, was the large scale movement of African Americans over the past 10 years from Democrat controlled cities in the northern United States including Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and New York to the more conservative south. In an historic reversal of the 20th century migration that brought millions north in search of economic opportunity, African American families are abandoning the failed liberal communities in which they have lived for decades.
Over the past 50 years predominantly black neighborhoods throughout the north have been treated by Democratic Party as socialist proving grounds. While under single party rule, traditional American virtues like self reliance, family, and education were abandoned in favor of liberal ideology that promoted victimhood and welfare. Not unexpectedly the socialist experiment worked about as well for the black community as it did for the Soviet Union. Instead of the utopian dream, the only thing many African Americans received in return for their loyalty to the Democratic Party was drug and violence filled streets and social devastation.
Democrat politicians’ commitment to minorities turned out to be nothing more than fleeting campaign talk as most turned a blind eye to widespread corruption and government mismanagement which plagued black communities. Much of the billions of dollars allocated by society over the years to help African Americans have been directed towards campaign donors and politically connected organizations that often delivered substandard services and shoddy work. Before joining the White House, presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett was the owner of Grove Parc Plaza, a publicly financed housing development in President Obama’s home district in Chicago. She was paid millions by the state to provide housing for low income residents, however, after only a few years of use, federal inspectors determined the complex was in such poor condition that “the buildings now face demolition.”
Democrats care more about protecting bloated public employee pensions than they do about making sure kids in their district learn how to read. While public employees are demonstrating to save their Viagra benefits and $100,000 a year for life retirement packages, it was recently measured in Detroit, the once proud symbol of American industrial might before the Democratic Party ruined it all, that 47% of the population is functionally illiterate including former Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis.
When Democrat politicians aren’t stealing the money, they are criminally wasting it. Obama began his political career as President of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, working along side his mentor domestic terrorist and educational “expert” Bill Ayers. Obama was responsible for a $387 million fund that was meant to improve the education of low income African American children. Instead of using the money to teach kids the core academic subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic, Obama and Ayers wasted it all on external community organizing groups who taught teachers “resistance to American racism and oppression” and promoted “radical political commitment” among the students.
Not surprisingly an official review found “no statistically significant differences between Annenberg and non-Annenberg schools in rates of achievement gain, classroom behavior, student self-efficacy, and social competence.” The only tangible achievement of the program was to raise an additional $600 million from private donors which has no doubt already been thrown away on other equally useless liberal nonsense.
African Americans Vote Republican with their Feet
Is it any wonder that African Americans are actively fleeing failed Democrat controlled cities throughout the northern United States? For too long the dead end street of socialism has devastated the black community with no tangible improvement after decades of liberal meddling. Detroit, the south side of Chicago, and many other black neighborhoods are being transformed into ghost towns as residents have grown tired of waiting for the government to make things better.
It is unfortunate that African Americans still vote reliably Democrat at the ballot box. While their hearts my still be with the party that has brought them nothing but empty promises and social devastation over the past 50 years, their feet are showing a distinctly Republican slant as millions seek sanctuary and economic opportunity in the conservative south.