|The Black population of San Francisco is dropping dramatically|
Those areas of the city that were once economically depressed because of the saturation of Black people have now become booming examples of gentrification, thriving hipster cities where property value rises as each Black family moves away.
USA Today tells us why Black people are leaving San Francisco:
Wait. The Black population of San Francisco is leaving because of problems created primarily by Black people? High crime rates in a city usually are reserved to areas with a high concentration of Black people, which USA Today affirms is a reason. Check.According to Census estimates, the number of blacks here shrank from 13.4% of the population in 1970 to just 6.5% in 2005 — the biggest percentage decline in any major American city.
Other cities are losing blacks to the suburbs — Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, San Diego, Washington and Oakland among them — but none has seen anything like what's happening here. The actual number of blacks has dwindled to about 47,000 out of a population of roughly 744,000.
In Los Angeles, the proportion of blacks is 9.9%, just over half what it was in 1970, although the number of blacks remains relatively high — 366,000, according to 2005 Census estimates. And in Chicago an estimated 1 million blacks remain — about one-third of the population — even though more than 55,000 have left since 2000, says Kenneth Johnson, a Loyola University Chicago demographer who analyzed 2005 Census data.
"The flight is certainly more intense in San Francisco than elsewhere," says Hans Johnson, a demographer with the Public Policy Institute of California here.
No single cause explains the continuing exodus, according to city officials, leaders in the black community, demographers and current and former black residents. The high cost of housing — one of the highest in the nation — is a dominant theme, but there are other factors:
•The loss in the 1950s and 1960s of a key black enclave to urban renewal.•High crime rates in some of the city's surviving black neighborhoods.•Substandard public housing, as acknowledged by city officials.•Dissatisfaction with underperforming urban schools.
"Black people really don't matter in San Francisco. It's what this generation of political leadership inherited," says Chuck Collins, president of the YMCA of San Francisco. "There's been a very uneasy truce with the black population."
The task force "ought to study what's wrong with the white power structure, why they can't be responsive to the African-American community," says Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church and president of the local NAACP chapter. "They didn't need us anymore."
Stopping black flight will be "an uphill battle," Blakely says. "If you're a middle-class African-American, one of your dreams was to move into a nice mixed neighborhood and send your kid to a decent school."Today, African-Americans across the USA are "suburbanizing" at a rate slightly higher than whites, he says. "As their incomes go up, they move out."
Lower-income blacks are leaving, too, typically to a city's closest suburbs. When cities redevelop blighted public housing or replace it with mixed-income units, many residents are left out.
Loss of Black enclave to gentrification? Check.
Substandard public housing? Black people complaining about Section 8 and government provided, tax payer supported domiciles and their haphazard condition? Check?
Under-performing urban (read Black schools) schools that the cities DWL population would never, ever send their kids to, unless they desired having them learn around Black kids more likely to be disciplined then earn a degree?
If a school is failing in America, chances are it is failing because of the quality of students taking the standardized tests that represent that school. That predominately Black schools in San Francisco failed is a reflection of the academic abilities of the predominately Black student population.
White liberals are pricing an undesirable Black element out of their cities, a progressive move being replicated in Washington D.C. and New York City. Quality of life dramatically increases as the percentage of Black people in a cities population decreases.
Watch the video below to show the Federal Government's reaction to this crisis and realize that it will only be employed with greater frequency as America becomes increasingly diverse and white people (DWL's included) look to save some remaining civility by setting up enclaves. White people can no longer flee to Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana or Maine and hope to set up Whitopia's. The Federal Government has declared war on white people, even DWLs. The strategy they will use to break up these attempts of escaping diversity is illustrated in this video below.