Blacks are 13% of US population 37.6% of prisoners and 71% of shooters in Chicago

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  1. Black Americans have been in the US for 400 years and the last arrivals were around 200 years ago, when the slave trade was stopped. After the American Indians, they are the most American of all. Only the American Indians are more poor as a group. They were freed from slavery 150 years ago. The Civil Rights bill was sign into law 50 years ago. Blacks took the Illinois Central Railroad to Chicago to escape persecution in the South or to find opportunity, but found that recently arrived European immigrants tried to lock them out: “While the Great Migration helped educated African Americans obtain jobs, eventually enabling a measure of class mobility, the migrants encountered significant forms of discrimination. Because so many people migrated in a short period of time, the African-American migrants were often resented by the urban European-American working class (often recent immigrants themselves); fearing their ability to negotiate rates of pay or secure employment, they felt threatened by the influx of new labor competition. Sometimes those who were most fearful or resentful were the last immigrants of the 19th and new immigrants of the 20th century. In many cities, working classes tried to defend what they saw as “their” territories… Populations increased so rapidly among both African-American migrants and new European immigrants that there were housing shortages in many major cities, and the newer groups competed for the oldest, most rundown housing. Ethnic groups created territories which they defended against change. Discrimination often restricted African Americans to crowded neighborhoods. The more established populations of cities tended to move to newer housing as it was developing in the outskirts. Mortgage discrimination and redlining in inner city areas limited the newer African-American migrants’ ability to determine their own housing, or obtain a fair price. In the long term, the National Housing Act of 1934 contributed to limiting the availability of loans to urban areas, particularly those areas inhabited by African Americans. The primary push factors for migration were segregation, increase in racism, the widespread violence of lynching (nearly 3,500 African-Americans were lynched between 1882 and 1968[9]), and lack of opportunities in the South. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Migration_(African_American)
    Chicago is 32% black. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Chicago The real US economy that translates into jobs for the American people has been in decline for at least 30 years. There’s been no opportunity for educated white Americans. In such a context, what hope can there be then for blacks? Some argue that the decline started in 1968. The Civil Rights Act was signed into law in 1964. I think you would find that those whites whose ancestors fought in the American Revolution aren’t doing so well either, but it’s harder to prove because they more often intermarried with more recent white migrants. Martin Luther King actually stayed in Chicago and wrote about how landlords charged blacks more. If you look online you can find things he wrote and said around the time of the 1960s riots. Newly arrived immigrants have tended to always work together to favor their interests. Also, the immigrants created a sophisticated Machine Politics which looked after those who supported them for office. The Daley machine is the most famous. Chicago and NYC were both famous for their Mafias and their Political Machines (Machine Politics). In all of this lies most of the answer to the question. TPP and TISA will just make everything worse. Immigration reform is needed. But, looking after your own citizens is “racist” even if helps protect black workers’ jobs from non-black immigrants! It would be interesting to know what the real unemployment rate is in the US – the one which includes all of those of the many “lost generations” going back to the Reagan years, who never got to enter the job market or the many educated who only found work in now defunct bookstores. The dire problem of black poverty in Chicago had entered “Social Problems” books by the 1960s or early 1970s. Those who came from the green rural South also had trouble adapting to high-rise housing projects, according to these books.

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