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Old 12-16-2010, 12:25 AM
 
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As much as I hate this title (Black Mecca) for any city since blacks can thrive any and everywhere, but do you think Houston is becoming more of a hotspot than ever before for blacks? I keep seeing this on websites after my concerns and keep hearing it from other people. I'm not trying to cause any trouble, disputes, or any hatred or bashing towards another racial group, but I'm just curious to see what you guys have to say. As we all know, Houston is a DIVERSITY MECCA; however, are blacks beginning to pay CLOSER attention to Houston as far as opportunities and other factors?

 
Old 12-16-2010, 12:49 AM
 
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I too hate that term,

BUT, I think that Houston is probably the second most popular metro for young black professionals to move after graduating from college with only DC/NOVA/Southern MD and Atlanta rivaling it. This is mainly due to job opportunities, culture, diversity, and cost of living, along with the plethora of other young black single folks. I graduated from an HBCU a couple of years ago and I can think of six or seven non-Houstonians from my school that have moved to Houston either for grad school or for job opportunities.

Generally speaking, Houston's strong economy will probably attract an outsize amount of folks looking for work of all stripes, and blacks are no exception to that. Add into that the other factors that make Houston an appealing city for blacks and those who are trying to establish themselves in the labor market and I can definitely see Houston's young black demographic growing faster than the city as a whole in the coming years. It's already happening and even many of my former classmates who don't live in Houston have it on their radar as a possible future move.
 
Old 12-16-2010, 05:27 AM
 
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Default It has always been a secret...

One thing I've noticed is that Houston's always had a large black community/population that was not mentioned in the news, or written about often. Having been to most other large cities in the US, I came to the conclusion that, even though crime exists, Houston does not have the savagery associated with the other big cities with large black communities, and so maybe that is the reason the rest of the nation has not paid attention.

Houston's black community is more educated, at least in my eyes, than most other large black communities. Gangs do exist, but not to the extent, or degree as in other cities. The black community has always been friendly and lives in peace with others, that is something I don't see in other large black communities. You can always find an exception to the rule, but for the most part, blacks live and work everywhere in Houston and are not bothered by anyone. Interracial marriages with blacks are also abundant and accepted in Houston as well.
 
Old 12-16-2010, 05:50 AM
 
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Frankly, I hope that the city attracts more black people. I realize it isn't PC to say this, but the type of black person that would travel across the country for opportunities isn't the kind of black person you have to worry about destroying your cities, and I do believe that Houston has opportunities for everyone.

I think diversity is a great thing and is something I'd like to expose my children to, but not if it requires them to befriend Katrina Refugees and hang out a Greenspoint Mall!
 
Old 12-16-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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I too hate that term,

BUT, I think that Houston is probably the second most popular metro for young black professionals to move after graduating from college with only DC/NOVA/Southern MD and Atlanta rivaling it. This is mainly due to job opportunities, culture, diversity, and cost of living, along with the plethora of other young black single folks. I graduated from an HBCU a couple of years ago and I can think of six or seven non-Houstonians from my school that have moved to Houston either for grad school or for job opportunities.

Generally speaking, Houston's strong economy will probably attract an outsize amount of folks looking for work of all stripes, and blacks are no exception to that. Add into that the other factors that make Houston an appealing city for blacks and those who are trying to establish themselves in the labor market and I can definitely see Houston's young black demographic growing faster than the city as a whole in the coming years. It's already happening and even many of my former classmates who don't live in Houston have it on their radar as a possible future move.
Any sources?
 
Old 12-16-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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One thing I've noticed is that Houston's always had a large black community/population that was not mentioned in the news, or written about often. Having been to most other large cities in the US, I came to the conclusion that, even though crime exists, Houston does not have the savagery associated with the other big cities with large black communities, and so maybe that is the reason the rest of the nation has not paid attention.

Houston's black community is more educated, at least in my eyes, than most other large black communities. Gangs do exist, but not to the extent, or degree as in other cities. The black community has always been friendly and lives in peace with others, that is something I don't see in other large black communities. You can always find an exception to the rule, but for the most part, blacks live and work everywhere in Houston and are not bothered by anyone. Interracial marriages with blacks are also abundant and accepted in Houston as well.
"savagery"?

and you seem to be talking about the fact that houston in general is more integrated than other cities with large black populations. that much is true, but i assure you that houston blacks really aren't any more educated as a whole than other metros. i'm pretty sure both atlanta and the dmv have much larger black middle classes than greater houston

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Frankly, I hope that the city attracts more black people. I realize it isn't PC to say this, but the type of black person that would travel across the country for opportunities isn't the kind of black person you have to worry about destroying your cities, and I do believe that Houston has opportunities for everyone.
that made absolutely no sense

and blacks don't destroy cities, neglected communities and schools do
 
Old 12-16-2010, 08:13 AM
 
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Actually Dallas is attracting more blacks than Houston from a list I seen.
 
Old 12-16-2010, 08:30 AM
 
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Source?
 
Old 12-16-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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and blacks don't destroy cities, neglected communities and schools do
Anyone who lived in the Houston area during Hurricane Katrina would rightfully disagree with you.
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