Like me, Walter Russell Mead has been studying the 2010 Census figures with the aid of this excellent interactive graphic by the New York Times. He focuses in this terrific American Interest blogpost on the fact that the black population has been declining in what he calls “blue state America”—states and cities with high state government spending, generous welfare benefits.
From 2000 to 2010 the black population declined 11% in the District of Columbia, 4% in Hawaii (where Barack Obama was counted in the 1970 Census and, depending on whether he was in college or not on April 1, in the 1980 Census), and 1% in California, Illinois, Michigan and New York. In contrast, the black population declined by less than 0.5% in Louisiana, despite the mass exodus after Hurricane Katrina. Mickey Kaus offers some interesting speculations on this phenomenon. I plan to take a look at black and Hispanic population patterns as revealed in the Census in a subsequent column.
Black And Blue 2: Blacks Flee Blue States in Droves
The Census story is a shocker. First, according to the Times, the Blacks leaving tend to be the “younger and better educated”. Second, the three states Blacks left in largest numbers don’t just include snake-bit Michigan; the other two are Illinois and New York. Within those states, Chicago and the city of the New York (widely considered among the most successful cities in the country) are the places Blacks are deserting. 17 percent of the Black flight from Big Blue is from the Empire State; after almost a century of trailblazing social policy, New York State has succeeded in creating the most hostile environment for Blacks in the country.
It gets worse. One would think that the Blacks who choose to stay in the cold, unwelcoming North would cluster in the cities where more liberal and humane governance models mandate such generous policies as “living wage” laws and where all the beautiful features of the blue social model can be experienced at full strength.
But one would be wrong. Blacks across the North are fleeing the urban paradises of liberal legislation and high public union membership for the benighted suburbs. The Times interviewed a professor to get the straight scoop:
via Via Meadia.
- WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Footvoting: Blacks Flee Blue States In Droves. “When whites leave failing bl… (pajamasmedia.com)