Tuesday, August 28, 2007

San Francisco Losing Blacks At An Alarming Rate

Who says so? USA Today and all the people they interviewed. OK, the statistics are pretty glaring, but I have to ask, so what? Is there something official going on here, or is the market at work?

Most disappointing of all the comments, though, was the one from the NAACP official.

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."

Wow. This guy apparently is admitting that blacks have nothing to offer the City of San Francisco, that there's no contribution they can make except to support some entrenched "white power structure". If a white man had said that he'd have been called a racist. Mr. Brown says it and he's a victim.

Maybe, just maybe, blacks in San Francisco are just ahead of the power curve and have gotten a head start on all the other racial groups in leaving a city that I've previously described as "horrible, hateful, (and) disgusting".

Incidentally, the same reasons given for blacks' leaving are causing San Francisco to lose families with children, too. While it might be a good idea to seek to increase the numbers of both of those groups, I don't see USA Today writing a sob story piece about families.

I think this interviewee had it right:

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."

The market at work.

Update: Thankfully I'm not the only one to see the idiocy of the article linked above.


allen said...

Yo, Darren. Don't know how else to get in touch with you so ....

I don't know if you heard about Chris Wallace schooling Bill Moyers in Journalism 101 but it's a delightful bitch-slapping of a bloated, liberal gasbag:


Darren said...

That was entertaining, even if the person posting it demonstrated a bit of bias :-)

Nothing to do with San Francisco, of course, but you already warned me of that.

My contact information is in my profile. The Yahoo IM nickname also serves as a yahoo email address.

Ellen K said...

I have another take on this. Contrary to popular opinion, I think that most middle class African Americans are just as family loving and conservative as their Asian, Anglo and Hispanic counterparts. That the largely liberal white power structure of San Francisco has continuously cast them in the role of the "poor needy minority" has got to be grating on those who have worked hard to move their children past those stereotypes. Add to that California's new and bewildering fascination with the wave of illegal Hispanic immigration and I would think that many in the black community, as well as long time Asian and Anglo residents, would feel shortchanged. Let's face it, when you are slicing up the same pie in more pieces, the only way everyone gets the same amount is to have a larger pie. Most people who have worked for a living "get" that. San Francisco has become a haven for rich ultra liberals and as a tax and spend state that has more concern for trees and polar bears than people, is taxing its middle classes of all colors out of the area. So if they offer people of color a tax break to stay, is that discriminatory?

Mike said...

Hardly surprising. I can't imagine living in a state, to say nothing of a city, so overtly hostile to the rights of citizens to self defense and the Second Amendment. San Francisco? Anyone addled enough to live there is welcome to it.