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Old 12-09-2012, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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Anyone ever look at the statistics of the United States for demographics?

13.1% black out of 311,591,917. Equals out to slightly over 40 million African Americans.

In the south these demographics are a lot higher. Especially in the deep south:

1. Mississippi 37% black
2. Louisiana 32% black
3. Georgia 31% black
4. South Carolina 28% black.

Now compare this to the midwest

1. Indiana 9% black
2. Ohio 12% black
3. Illinois 15% black
4. Michigan 14% black

Or even compare it to New England, total opposite.

1. Maine 1% black
2. Massachusetts 8% black
3. Vermont 1% black
4. New Hampshire 1% black

Major southern cities

1. Atlanta 38% black
2. Birmingham 73% black
3. Jackson 79% black
4. New Orleans 60% black
5. Memphis 63% black

Major Midwestern cities

1. Indianapolis 25% black
2. Columbus 28% black
3. Louisville 23% black
4. Des Moines 10% black
5. Madison 7% black
6. Minneapolis 18% black

It seems African Americans have a much higher presence in the south and especially the southern cities. Can someone shed some light on this disparity of racial location to me?

In spite of the Great Migration, a greater number of black people stuck it out back in the days of Jim Crow - which was good. Here's why: everything from jazz and blues to the Civil Rights Movement were started by black people who stayed in the South, with New Orleans, Atlanta, and the Mississippi Delta region serving as the epicenters of those social and cultural contributions. And there were a small (but historically significant) number of wealthier black families - the black elite, or black business class, that made a lot of money and served as a major focus of community in cities like Richmond, Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Houston, and New Orleans, which all had a small but visible (within historically black neighborhoods) professional presence.

And for their offspring (Miles Davis, who had a very posh upbringing - the son of a doctor - in St Louis' blended Southern/Midwestern culture, is one of the more famous, alongside the painter Romare Bearden, who was from the prominent extended Alston-Bearden-Ellington-Moss family from Charlotte and Winston-Salem), there were a great many HBCUs as well: Hampton, Howard, Tuskeegee, Johnson C. Smith, Morehouse, Spelman, NC A&T, and a number of others.

There was a similar phemomena during the Dust Bowl. For all the people who left, mostly heading to California, a greater number stayed behind. Even during the depths of the Depression and Dust Bowl, many of the significant cities in the region always posted some population growth, even if the amount of growth was small.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Is this a serious thread? Anyway, it's due to slavery. Much of the same reason why there's a ton of black people in the Caribbean. They were all brought over for slavery from Africa into the Caribbean and southern US. The great migration happened which is why in places like Chicago, Milwaukee, etc you have a lot of African Americans. I believe Chicago is 33% African American/Black. A number of people are actually moving back down south now..
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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Why are the majority of African-Americans still in the South, though? Well, first of all, I'm not quite sure that they are.
The African-American population has always had the majority of their population in the Southern US. At the apex of the Great Migration (1970) before the reverse migrations back to the South started, 54% of African-Americans still lived in the south. Nowadays, that number is at 55%.

Black African American Demographics Population
Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For The United States, Regions, Divisions, and States

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I'm still curious as to why peanut butter tastes like peanuts.
Ehh, peanut butter nowadays has its own distinct taste that isn't exactly any type of peanut I've ever eaten.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:13 AM
 
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Most ethnic groups rarely leave the geographical location of their historic roots. One would expect with all that hardships Asians faced out west they would have left the area. Same with Irish in Philly and Boston or Italians out on the east coast. It seems it doesn't matter the circumstance that brought people to where they are, they remain rooted to what ever place they first landed.You know Native Americans are not required by law to live on reservations. They can leave and go start a new life in New York City if they want.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:38 AM
 
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Why do so many Puerto Ricans live in NYC? Why do so many Latinos live in Texas and Cakifornia? Why do so many Cubans live in Miami? The reasons are ALL THE SAME as to why so many African-Americans live in the south!

Ask the question as many times and as many ways as you want, but blacks were brought to the South through slavery and it is where they still live to this day! WHAT OTHER ANSWER ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?! Like most Southerners, they probably don't like cold weather either!

BTW: Your question about "why so many blacks live in the South" might have better been stated "Why are so many blacks moving BACK to the South?" That's a true demographic phenomenon of historic proportions and something very worthy of discussion.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:14 AM
 
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I would ask why are there so many Blacks in places like; Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago and East St. Louis?
Why do they live in dilapidated section 8 tenement buildings amid gun fire when they can moved to some catfish holler down south and live safe and poor a dirty shack that they can still call their own?
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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I would ask why are there so many Blacks in places like; Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago and East St. Louis?
Why do they live in dilapidated section 8 tenement buildings amid gun fire when they can moved to some catfish holler down south and live safe and poor a dirty shack that they can still call their own?
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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I would ask why are there so many Blacks in places like; Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago and East St. Louis?
Why do they live in dilapidated section 8 tenement buildings amid gun fire when they can moved to some catfish holler down south and live safe and poor a dirty shack that they can still call their own?
Excellent point, I am pretty sure I asked something similar earlier in the thread, but it's a point that hasn't really been fully addressed, some northern cities have huge black populations. Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Milwaulkee, St. Louis, Philadelphia, etc.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Excellent point, I am pretty sure I asked something similar earlier in the thread, but it's a point that hasn't really been fully addressed, some northern cities have huge black populations. Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Milwaulkee, St. Louis, Philadelphia, etc.
If you consider that question a current accurate depiction of the reality of day-to-day life of a majority of Blacks up north or down south, then that goes a long way towards explaining the very existence of this thread.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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If you consider that question a current accurate depiction of the reality of day-to-day life of a majority of Blacks up north or down south, then that goes a long way towards explaining the very existence of this thread.
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