Blacks Leaving Chi-Town Behind

August 25, 2011  |  

(The Root) —  Roderick J. Harrison, a Howard University researcher, said he was not surprised earlier this year when the U.S. Census Bureau reported a dramatic decline in Chicago’s black population.  The recession and perception of better economic opportunities in Southern states such as Georgia and Texas — and even Western states like California, Nevada and Arizona — have prompted a number of black Chicagoans to pack up their belongings and create new paths in a pattern being called reverse migration. It’s similar to the historic journey created by their ancestors decades ago in the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North and Midwest.  Even the allure of Chicago being the hometown of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama, may not be enough to draw people back.

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