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DC “Losing Status” Of Being Majority-Black

From those lovers of the gorgeous mosaic at the (lily white) Washington Post:

D.C. May Be Losing Status As a Majority-Black City

By N.C. Aizenman
Thursday, May 17, 2007; Page A01

The District of Columbia’s longtime status as a majority-black city appears to be diminishing, even as Maryland and Virginia continue to experience a dramatic rise in their minority populations, according to census estimates released today.

The 14 percent increase in non-Hispanic white District residents and 6 percent decrease in blacks from 2000 to 2006 are probably the result of the gentrification of once-affordable city neighborhoods, demographers said.

The impact on the city’s racial makeup is noticeable. In 2000, blacks made up 60 percent of the District’s population. By 2006, that figure was 55 percent.

If the trends continue, the city will almost certainly cease to be majority black by 2020, said Robert E. Lang, director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech. “It will wind up more like a Los Angeles or a New York, with no clear majority.” …

Once again, apply the law of symmetry and imagine any newspaper proclaiming the “loss of status” for a city ceasing to be majority white.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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