|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [Hangout-NYLXS] I'm sure it's a coincidence, part n+1
|On 12/18/2016 04:10 AM, Ruben Safir wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 03:52:17PM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
>> Quoting Ruben Safir (ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com):
>> [all sorts of stuff about blacks in/around Brooklyn:]
>>> I don't live in a lilly white community like yours, in a racially
>>> segregated community such as what exists in the Bay Area.
Its so easy to be a liberal when you've solved your ethnic diversity problem
Black population deserting S.F., study says
Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writer Published 4:00 am, Sunday,
August 10, 2008
African Americans are leaving San Francisco because of substandard
schools, a lack of affordable housing and the dearth of jobs and black
culture, according to a report by a committee looking into the exodus.
The African American Out-migration Task Force, put together by the
mayor's office last year to figure out what can be done to preserve the
city's remaining black population and cultivate new residents, presented
its findings at a public hearing Thursday called by Supervisor Chris Daly.
San Francisco's black population has dropped faster than that of any
other large U.S. city's. It went from 13.4 percent in 1970 to an
estimated 6.5 percent in 2005, according to the census. Nationally,
African Americans make up 12.1 percent of the population.
Much of the blame has been placed on the Redevelopment Agency, which
intentionally drove black families and businesses from the Fillmore
district in the 1960s and 1970s.
Many residents who attended the nearly four-hour meeting live in the
Bayview-Hunters Point area and expressed concern about the redevelopment
project now under way there, saying it will continue to reduce the
city's dwindling African American population.
Much of the anger was placed on Lennar Corp., the developer building
1,600 houses at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Residents say they are
being pushed out, so the city can gentrify the area that is the last
"In San Francisco, we run the risk of losing the entire black
population," said Minister Christopher Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.
"There should be emergency hearings, because this is an emergency."
In San Francisco, the number of African Americans in very-low-income
households has increased, the number of black-owned businesses has
declined, and African Americans have the lowest home ownership rates,
according to the report.
About 24 percent of black people in the city are living in homes that
need severe or moderate repairs, and African Americans make up nearly
half of the residents in public housing.
The report suggests such statistics contribute to why African Americans
are leaving San Francisco and also explain why black families do not
want to move here.
The report recommends improving schools in black areas, adding programs
for youth, increasing employment opportunities and promoting business
"African Americans in San Francisco lag behind the rest of the city in
almost every key economic indicator and face significant barriers to
addressing the disparities," the report states.
The findings were nothing new to residents, who said they have heard it
"We could paper the walls of this building with reports that have been
made on this issue," said Aileen Hernandez, chair of the task force. "If
we are really serious, we need a vision.
"This is a city that still has a problem with discrimination, and many
of the things we are talking about are the result of discrimination,"
she said. "Every organization that has anything to do with eliminating
discrimination has been underfunded, understaffed and underrecognized."
Fred Blackwell, head of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, said the
mayor is working on implementing some of the recommendations in the
report - like a violence-prevention plan and rebuilding public housing -
and that the final report will be presented to the Board of Supervisors
within a couple of weeks.
"While Gavin Newsom vacations in Africa, our families are being evicted,
going hungry and are unemployed," said Alicia Schwartz, an organizer at
POWER, People Organized to Win Employment Rights. "We need a real
response. Developer-driven policy in San Francisco is killing my people."
So many immigrant groups have swept through our town
that Brooklyn, like Atlantis, reaches mythological
proportions in the mind of the world - RI Safir 1998
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