July 26, 2007

BLACK FLIGHT:

Shifting Migration Patterns Alter Portrait of Pr. George's (Philip Rucker and Avis Thomas-Lester, 7/26/07, Washington Post)

[T]he changes are visible in northern parts of the county, where several communities such as Bladensburg, Edmonston and Langley Park have become heavily Latino.

Also, the migration patterns are transforming several of Maryland's outer suburbs, notably Charles County. With 140,000 people, the county has one the nation's fastest-growing black populations, census data show.

The patterns detailed in the census data and the Brookings report confirm a trend suggested for years by anecdotal evidence: On the whole, upwardly mobile African American families who have left Prince George's for bordering suburbs are being replaced by people with lower incomes.

"It's quite common for urban economies to routinely lose many of their middle- and higher-income households and watch as they're replaced by newcomers that are less well-heeled," said Anirban Basu, a Baltimore-based economist who studies demographic trends.

But in Prince George's, it was middle-class black homeowners who transformed the county a generation ago as they replaced the working-class white residents moving out.


History always repeats itself, just in different colors.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2007 7:07 AM
Comments

Right. That's the way it is supposed to happen.

But now watch the plantation overlooker class moan and do that other thing they do when the moan about how Blacks are unique and unassimilatable.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 26, 2007 7:52 AM
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