Monday, May 18, 2009

Genesee County's African-American Diaspora

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Genesee County population dropped to 428,790 in 2008 from 437,445 in 2006. That's not a big shock, but the racial disparity in the expatriates is unusual: "The county lost nearly 7 percent of its black community, but less than 1 percent of its white population between 2000 and 2008," reports Beata Mostafavi of The Flint Journal.


  1. I am betting she misread the statistics. J/K

  2. I don't think the stats are misread. The few jobs left in Flint go to white workers. There are very few employment opportunities for African-Americans - check out the unemployment numbers for the two groups. There are few more opportunities for African Americans else where in the country.


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