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Limousine Liberalism
African-Americans Abandon Blue Paradises

The nation’s big blue cities are rapidly losing African-Americans—while Republican cities are gaining them. Washington Post breaks down the numbers:

Between 2000 and 2010, cities like Austin, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco—places that vote majority Democrat, consider themselves socially and culturally progressive, and boast racial diversity—all lost unprecedented numbers of African Americans. San Francisco, for instance, saw a staggering 20.4 percent loss in its African American population between 2000 and 2010. Chicago and Washington D.C. also experienced double-digit losses.

During that same decade, the only three major cities (populations over 500,000) that voted Republican in the 2012 presidential election— Phoenix, Fort Worth, and Oklahoma City—all saw significant increases in African American numbers; their African-American populations grew by 36.1 percent, 28 percent and 11.4 percent respectively.

The Washington Post story links this trend to role college graduates, more concerned with the culture wars than economic justice, have played in pushing poorer Americans out of their cities. Gentrification has raised the costs of living beyond what low-income residents can afford, and produced a political and economic environment more tailored to the needs of the prosperous than the impoverished. Meanwhile cheap housing and energy jobs are drawing more and more people to the Sunbelt, and cities like Houston.

We are used to hearing about richer Americans or companies leaving blue cities because of onerous tax burdens—even though it never quite happens to the degree conservatives expect. But here is the opposite problem. This shift should signal to blue loyalists that lower-income Americans are voting—or, what’s worse, being forced to vote—against big blue with their feet.

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  • John B Gorentz

    So, proggie cities are forcing minorities and the poor out. It’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Ever since the 1960s public housing policy has either created hellholes for minorities to live in, or else forced them out by demolishing their previous residences or making them unaffordable. I can’t think offhand of any success stories.

  • Pete

    Too bad.

  • Andrew Allison

    The loss of African-American voter is hardly likely to affect the Deep Blue cities of D.C., San Francisco or Chicago. Austin, which is a lighter shade of Blue, is a question mark. The more interesting question is what will be the impact of an influx of, largely Democrat, African-American voters on Phoenix, Fort Worth, and Oklahoma City.

    • FriendlyGoat

      Well, the impact will be political improvement—-but the natives are going to be very agitated by it. I mean, wouldn’t it be cool if newcomers helped them stop electing Sheriff Joe in the Phoenix area?

      • Pizzasaurus

        Why, in just a few decades they can spread this political improvement so widely that there will be nowhere they can find jobs or afford to live. Cool.

        At some point, you’d think that voters who flee the results of liberal policies but continue to vote for liberal policies would observe the behavior of swarming locusts and recognize the parallels.

        • FriendlyGoat

          You act like nobody has any problem making an adequate living in red places. That’s not quite the case.

          • Tom

            Maybe, but given that there isn’t an exodus from the red states…

  • Clayton Holbrook

    It’s all about Wendy Davis and city council candidates that want to “preserve neighborhoods” (code for anti density development) these days in Austin. After all, we can’t block view of the UT clock tower from the Bobo neighborhoods /s. Meanwhile, forget purchasing a home worth living in for less than $250K. People in Austin will actually tell African-American or Mexican-American families that have lived on the same street for generations that they’re doing their best to “save the neighborhood” by moving in, jacking up the prices, and gentrifying.

  • Corlyss

    The real concern about the exodus is that the blacks won’t change their politics. There’s no sign whatever they have learned a damn thing about whose “tender mercies” cause their problems and whose policies will help them prosper and leave the Democratic plantation. It’s the same problem with Calfornicated expats: they flee the dystopia they made and immediately set about recreating it in their new residence. Vide: Colorado over the last 9 years. Colorado is flirting with purple-dom, but it remains to be seen if the conservatives can reclaim that wayward state.

    • John B Gorentz

      One of the problems is that Republicans keep thinking of them as “other.”

      • f1b0nacc1

        That is because the ARE the ‘other’….that might not be particularly nice to acknowledge, but it is true

      • Boritz

        And the Democrats take them completely for granted. That’s the flip side of the same coin.

  • Anthony

    Related piece: why Americans can’t afford to live in liberal cities – who hurts in US.…in…/382047/

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