By Brooklyn Reader

July 1, 2014, 9:00 am

 

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A scene in Williamsburg Photo: wordondastreet.com

New York City recorded a gain in its non-Hispanic white population for the third consecutive year, with the biggest gain made in Brooklyn, according to new Census Bureau estimates.

The New York Times characterizes the change as “a step toward racial equilibrium” after decades of “white flight.”

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In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Photo: mic.com

The black population stagnated in the city, but rose 4 percent in the suburbs. The growth rate among Hispanics was less in the city than in the suburbs (4 percent compared with 9 percent). Among Asians, it was about the same (8 percent in the city and 9 percent in the suburbs).

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In Fort Greene, Brooklyn Photo: The L Magazine

Trends among young people often suggest future patterns, and for the city this seems to portend a vibrant and growing metropolis, reported the paper.

“The changing populations of New York City and its suburbs represent a sea change from major postwar trends, where blacks and Hispanics grew very rapidly in the city, while non-Hispanic white population declined,” said Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York.


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4 Responses

  1. BaldheadedMan

    It doesn’t make sense for African-Americans to remain in NYC these days. There is nothing to gain by staying. Your son will be recruited by gangsters, harassed by police and Italian street thugs, beaten by both and looked down upon by frightened citizenry. He will have decreasing opportunities in an increasingly multilingual environment. No parent in their right mind will raise their black son in the city. Move to more family-friendly, progressive smaller communities down south or out west.

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  2. dmac

    Uhm, so why isn’t it considered “racial equilibrium” when people of color move into primarily white neighborhoods?? it wouldn’t be so bad if white people would at least ACKNOWLEDGE that they are moving into a community of brown folks and acknowledge the brown folks as people and not as though they are moving in and somehow making it “better.” When brown people move into a white community, there is no welcome mat; nor do we expect one. as for the white flight, what do you think will happen now that white folks are coming back and the social structure has not changed to support brown folks. People will feel the pressure that is a result of white folks moving in, and when people feel pressure they get desperate and when they get desperate, there is more crime…and then we have ANOTHER white flight or a riot! when will we learn from out past and just do it different??? im just sayin—Damn!

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  3. dmac

    Uhm, so why isn’t it considered “racial equilibrium” when people of color move into primarily white neighborhoods?? it wouldn’t be so bad if white people would at least ACKNOWLEDGE that they are moving into a community of brown folks and acknowledge the brown folks as people and not as though they are moving in and somehow making it “better.” When brown people move into a white community, there is no welcome mat; nor do we expect one. as for the white flight, what do you think will happen now that white folks are coming back and the social structure has not changed to support brown folks. People will feel the pressure that is a result of white folks moving in, and when people feel pressure they get desperate and when they get desperate, there is more crime…and then we have ANOTHER white flight or a riot! when will we learn from out past and just do it different??? im just sayin—Damn! and i just read the BK article today about a string of burglaries in Fort Greene, so i rest my case!

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