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Washington DC No Longer Majority Black

Washington DC has been a majority Black city for 51 years, with Blacks accounting for 71 percent of the city’s population at their peak.  In recent years, Blacks have moved out as whites moved in; according to the New York Times sometime early this year the Black share tipped below fifty percent.

Washington has had its problems, but the presence of the Federal government guarantees urban prosperity.  This is no Detroit, where Blacks and others flee a slow-motion urban and industrial catastrophe.  This is more a two-way process of gentrification: some prosperous whites move into the city and some middle class Blacks move out to the suburbs in search of cheaper living space and better schools. Left behind are poor Blacks, fighting pressures from upper middle class whites who push ideas like a ban on chicken wings in Seven Eleven stores.

A bleeding heart headline writer might put it this way: Liberal Whites Flood DC: Poor, Minorities Hardest Hit!

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