Malia Cohen is the only African-American member of the 11 member San Francisco Board of Supervisors. As the Black population of San Francisco continues to plummet, she may be losing her job. Asian immigrants outnumber Blacks in her district, and Cohen is learning Cantonese in hopes of keeping her seat.And why are Blacks leaving the most liberal large city in the nation? Housing is too expensive and there is too much crime, says the Reverend Aurelius Walker, pastor of the True Hope Church of God in Christ.San Franciscans of all races have and still do vote for African-American politicians: think Willie Brown, the popular mayor. But as its Black population moves out (13.4 percent in 1970, 6.1 percent today, projected to decline to 4.6 percent by 2050) it seems clear that the Blue utopia by the Bay has no room for Black.
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