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Old 01-18-2011, 09:49 PM
 
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How is a decline in New Orleans' black population a surprise? Hurricane Katrina forced a lot of people, both black and white, out of New Orleans.
Yeah. I agree with others. NOLA shouldn't count.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:25 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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The reason why the North has blacks in the first place is due to the industry and strong job market the region offered during the World Wars. I don't need to tell you where these blacks came from.
Now that things are pretty much stabilized up north, the black population is shifting over to the powerful job market the south now offers... Plus, the south is where it all began for the blacks anyway.

I don't find this surprising at all. I'm sure the south draws whites too.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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The reason why the North has blacks in the first place is due to the industry and strong job market the region offered during the World Wars. I don't need to tell you where these blacks came from.
Now that things are pretty much stabilized up north, the black population is shifting over to the powerful job market the south now offers... Plus, the south is where it all began for the blacks anyway.

I don't find this surprising at all. I'm sure the south draws whites too.
That's true for many of us, but you still have to remember the conditions that led many of the AA population to leave the South, and it is mildly surprising that so many migrate back. I have been mildly interested in places like Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham or Dallas, but I still feel apprehensive and my background isn't even Southern.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:53 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Why do you consider it mildly surprising? I'm genuinely interested in how you view this particular issue.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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That's true for many of us, but you still have to remember the conditions that led many of the AA population to leave the South, and it is mildly surprising that so many migrate back. I have been mildly interested in places like Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham or Dallas, but I still feel apprehensive and my background isn't even Southern.
The north wasn't great either.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: NC/IL/MI
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The north wasn't great either.
The north had the jobs.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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The north had the jobs.
The south had jobs too.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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You know D.C. is weird.
Its technically the south but it was the first stop for black people coming up north from the south. D.C. had a lot of jobs for African Americans, even pre-civil war era so a lot settled here, which explains why the D.C. area has a large population of black people. Black we're also treated far better in D.C. than in Virginia as well (blacks had to go to the back of the bus or streetcar once it crossed into Virginia.

Maryland (well......a good portion of it) and D.C. wasn't that bad.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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The south had jobs too.
Not nearly the same type of offer as the North. The money was up there and there wasn't any big major industries much less cities in the South 60-100 years ago.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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The north wasn't great either.

It was no Nirvana, but it was a helluva lot better than the South. Especially the Jim Crow South.
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