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Old 08-10-2019, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by green_mariner View Post
I figured as much. It looks like the Detroit area is still reeling from its tense past. And its sad because I've met alot of nice people from Michigan (albeit from Lansing and Grand Rapids).

It wasn't just parts of Macomb County. Livonia (in Wayne County) reached a population over 110,000 in 1970. It dipped below the 100,000 mark in 2010. However, in 2000 (when there was about 100,000 residents in Livonia), it was 95% White (this include a large Middle Eastern population) and 0.95% percent Black. As of 2010, Blacks are 3.4% of Livonia's population and Livonia has lost about 7,000 residents since 2000.

I decided to look up Macomb County. Today, Macomb County is likely 10 percent Black. Warren was 2.7% Black in 2000. By 2010, it was close to 14 percent Black. Mount Clemens was about 19 percent Black in 2000. I am thinking that it was just Mount Clemens that had a large Black population within Macomb County.

I would be remiss if I did not start out by saying that things are much better in the US, racially, than they have been through most of this nations history. Events such as these are NOT THE NORM and there are 300 million people in this nation. Hence, any single event can't be construed by any intelligent person to be "the norm'. These events are not representative of America.....and neither was the police attack against peaceful marchers in Selma, Alabama. Most civilized people do not behave like that......because most are never put in the situation that would create such reactions.

That said, the Great Lakes area is kind of stuck in the patterns of the 60's and 70's, when its boom era was coming to an end. Consequently, the region is the most racially segregated region in the nation, with cities like Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Flint.....being among the worst offenders in the nation. Fast growing metro areas with new residents and developments moving in grew out of those racial patterns and tribalism of "this is OUR neighborhood and you don't fit in or belong here". Probably the worst offender of that in metro Detroit was Dearborn....but as far as counties was Macomb county for sure.

Race is still a HUGE issue in the Great Lakes region and its reflected by the level of segregation and racial polarization. Things, again, have improved.....but things are not destined to automatically keep improving. They can reverse and we seem to be in an era where improvements are slowing....if not reversing.

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