Decades ago when many White Americans fled the inner city for the suburbs, the phenomenon received the moniker of “White flight.”
Now, the 2020 census has shown a similar population shift within the African-American community as many African-Americans fled some of America’s largest cities like Chicago for suburban areas.
Sophia Tareen of The Associated Press wrote, “For decades, Black residents have been leaving some of the nation’s largest cities while suburbs have seen an increase in their Black populations. Those two trends have now spread to even more areas of the country, according to the 2020 U.S. Census.
“The patterns echo the ‘White flight’ that upended urban landscapes in the 20thcentury. Like those who left cities before them, Black residents often move because of worries about crime and a desire for reputable schools, affordable housing and amenities. But there are key differences: Leaving Black city neighborhoods that are starved for investment is often more of a necessity than a choice, and those who do settle into new suburban lives often find racial inequities there, too.”
Read the full article here: https://www.regalmag.com/census-shows-black-flight-from-cities-into-suburbs/