The Midwest is the “Old South” The Worst Cities For Blacks Americans


Is your life a perpetual challenge of overcoming obstacles that appear to be purposely set up for your failure?

Do you live with self -doubt and guilt because the majority of white America believes racism no longer exist because we recently had a black president? Maybe you’re not working hard enough… Maybe you are lazy and not making the proper social connections to get you where you need to be…

Maybe that SBA loan you applied for to start your dream business fail through because you lack the business foresight and assets to secure the loan… Or maybe the SBA is discriminating against you? Data reveals that SBA loan approval for African-Americans dropped from 7% to 1% when Obama took office.

If you feel you are not good enough and you need to continue to work harder to achieve what white people achieve so effortlessly, you more than likely live in the Northern or Midwestern part of the United States. The Midwest somehow had the reputation of being liberal and liberalism is supposed to equate to equality for all. Unfortunately, we find out the hard way that passive aggressive liberalism reveals it’s racism in numbers.

Why are liberal cities bad for blacks? 

Minneapolis-St. Paul. San Francisco. Chicago. Even Madison, Wisconsin. If you are politically liberal and value relatively high levels of income equality, you might live in one of these quintessentially liberal U.S. cities. Yet all four lurk in the bottom half of the 2014 National Urban League’s State of Black America report on income inequality between blacks and whites. – By Francis Wilinson via Bloomberg

Luckily to your relief, you realize that according to data, African Americans are being shut out economically in the Mid-West by astronomical proportions. I realized the only way I could continue to live in Minnesota is unless I get involved in community organizing and politics.

In addition to feeling like your career is going absolutely nowhere despite your Master’s Degree or PHD. Not only are you interviewing weekly only to be turned down constantly, but the anxiety to pay back your student loans keeps you up at night.

You realize you were sold a dream. Remember they said education will set you free? Reality sets in and depression manifest when we realize living in the mid-west, more than likely we will result in working for 40% less than what we are worth in a job we are well over qualified for because all the prestigious positions are filled by white people.

Of course, in order to get a job, during the interview process we need to downplay our blackness by straightening our hair and appearing as white-washed as possible in the tone of our voice, appearance, and overall demeanor. If we get the job, statistically we are paid less than our white counterparts who more than likely have less experience and less education.

In addition to getting paid less, we will experience racism and shade every day at work from management and fellow co-workers who make snide, insensitive comments regarding your culture, your hair, and politics that adversely affect African-Americans.

Living in the Midwest is torture! I’ve lived here all my life and as a black woman, the insidious, passive aggressive hatred towards blacks has affected my psyche on a level that is hard to shake.

At times, I’ve wondered if I was good enough. Self-doubt and self-hate can creep up on you like the cops who are hell bent on pulling blacks over in Minnesota to ensure their driving record is irreversibly destroyed. Philando Castille, who was gun down by police had no criminal record but he was pulled over around 49 times in 13 years!

44% of Black Men Marry Non-Black Woman in Minnesota

Because of this statistic, I was left with no other option than to marry outside my race. Most of the more eligible black men I was interested in were not mutually interested in me. I was single, educated, no kids and had a good career. They chose otherwise. Many black men in Minnesota say things like, “Love has no color.”

If they are non-white women like Native American, Asian, Indian or Hispanic, they use that as a justification that they are not selling out because they are still dating “Women of color.” I’m not bitter, I’m just stating facts. Being a black woman in Minnesota is very difficult on all fronts. Socially, romantically, economically and residentially. If you’re planning on moving to Minnesota, don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you are not open to interracial dating this is NOT the city for you to live in long term.

I am mixed so please refrain from calling me racist because I do not desire men outside my father’s race (African American) because it is who I relate to best.

The dating scene and social life of African Americans are almost non-existent in places like Minnesota and Iowa. It seems the only way into the circle of white privilege in Minnesota and Iowa is to date a white person, marry and breed so that hopefully one of their kinfolks can put a good word in for you at a corporation you are seeking employment at.

Social Capital – Relationships, clicks and groups blacks are refused entry into.

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I am analyzing whether or not I want to continue to live in Minnesota because the odds are stacked so high against me. My dating life is mediocre at best because I lack the desire to date outside my race. Black men are scarce and most of them are dating non-black women. Black women are demanding unrealistic expectations of black men because we live in an illusion, most black men are broke yet we expect them to take care of us.

Black men are 40% unemployed, they need our support, not our ignorant criticism. Employment is tough for black women considering we get paid the least for the same positions as white females. The chances of promotion are slim to none and the chances you’ll file discrimination against your employer at some point in your life in Minnesota is 100% guaranteed.

Buying a home in Minnesota? Watch out! Most banks in the Twin Cities will deny you despite your perfect credit score or offer you a predatory loan you will more than likely default on.

Midwest Jim Crow is in full effect. Below I listed the worst cities for African-American in the United States and it is NO coincidence all 10 Cities are in the Midwest.

Source: Huffington Post –

10. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 169,993
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 54.9%
> Black unemployment rate: 24.0%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 4.9%

Based on a range of socioeconomic factors, Waterloo-Cedar Falls is the 10th worst urban area for black Americans. The metro area is at once relatively difficult to live in as a black person, and relatively favorable for white people. For example, the median income for black households was equal to less than 56% of income for a typical white household, which at $54,802 was slightly lower than the national median but still higher than in most metro areas.

While the Waterloo area labor market is relatively strong overall, black residents clearly do not have the same job opportunities as their white peers. The unemployment rate among black residents of 24% — the sixth highest among black city-populations — is in stark contrast with the white unemployment rate of just 3.9% — one of the lowest such rates.

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9. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 611,549
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 57.1%
> Black unemployment rate: 10.6%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 4.2%

The more than 30,000 Des Moines residents identifying as black make up just 5% of the population. However, as Wilson suggested, African Americans in communities with relatively small black populations may be even worse off. In the Des Moines area, racial disparities are indeed especially pervasive. Just 33% of black households are owned by their occupants, for example, versus the homeownership rate of 72.2% among white families. Also, while 38.0% of white adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, 20.5% of black area adults have the equivalent education.

Despite the difficulties facing Des Moines black communities, the area’s black unemployment rate of 10.6% was lower than the national black jobless rate of 13.2% — one of only three of the 10 worst cities for African Americans with a black unemployment rate not exceeding the national rate. Still, the black jobless rate was several times higher than the 4.2% jobless rate among white residents, itself one of the lowest in the country.

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8. Kankakee, IL
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 111,375
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 48.7%
> Black unemployment rate: 20.6%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 8.1%

More than one in five black workers in Kankakee is unemployed. The black unemployment rate exceeds 20% in only 16 other U.S. cities, three of them among the worst cities for African Americans. Lack of job opportunities likely contribute to a higher poverty rate among black residents. At nearly 40%, the poverty rate among black residents is not only far higher than the comparable rate for white residents of 7.3%, but also one of the highest in the nation. A typical black Kankakee household earns $31,119 annually, lower than the median annual income for black households nationwide, and less than half the median income for white Kankakee households.

The Kankakee metro area is about an hour’s drive from Chicago. It is also one of four metro areas located in Illinois on this list.

7. Lima, OH
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 105,040
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 36.5%
> Black unemployment rate: 22.9%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 5.7%

The typical black household in Lima makes just 36.5% of what the typical area white household earns annually, a smaller share than anywhere else in the country. Median annual income among white households is $49,125, more than $31,000 greater than the median income among black households of $17,908. High poverty rates accompany the low income in Lima. While 12.4% of whites live in poverty, more than 46% of the city’s black population are living below the povertyline.

Socioeconomic disparities are likely driving the income gaps among Lima’s black and white populations. The unemployment rate among the city’s black workers is nearly 23%, more than triple the 7.1% rate among the city’s white workers. The difference in educational attainment by race is similarly striking. While more than 90% of white residents have at least a high school diploma, less than three quarters of Lima’s black population has a similar level of education.

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6. Peoria, IL
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 379,520
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 49.1%
> Black unemployment rate: 16.5%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 7.2%

Located in central Illinois, Peoria is one of the worst cities in the country for blackAmericans. The poverty rate of 28.2% among the city’s black population is well above the poverty rate among the city’s white residents of 10.4%. Similarly, the median annual income of $58,563 for white households is more than double the annual income of $28,777 for a typical black household.

While black Americans are about five times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts, in Illinois, they are more than eight times more likely to be incarcerated than whites. As is the case in many other U.S. cities, the incarceration rate is likely far higher in urban areas such as Peoria.

5. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 1,027,703
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 44.6%
> Black unemployment rate: 13.0%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 5.0%

Slightly more than 1 million people live in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro area. The typical black household in Grand Rapids earns $25,495 annually, less than half of the $57,186 the typical white household earns and also about $10,000 less than the $35,481 the typical American black household earns in a year. High income disparity between the area’s black and white residents has likely contributed to disparate poverty rates. About 38% of the black residents in Grand Rapids live in poverty, nearly four times the 10.3% poverty rate among the area’s white population.

Over 2,000 black people per 100,000 residents are incarcerated in Michigan, lower than the nationwide black incarceration rate. However, black Michigan residents are still nearly six times more likely than their white peers to go to jail or prison, slightly higher than the nationwide black to white incarceration ratio.

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4. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 9,553,810
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 50.1%
> Black unemployment rate: 18.5%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 7.0%

Slightly more than 7% of white Chicago area residents live in poverty, while the povertyrate for the city’s black population is nearly 30%. Similarly, while 43.7% of white adults had at least a college degree, 21.8% of black adult Chicagoans were college educated. In addition to socioeconomic racial disparities, black area residents had far higher mortality rates compared to white residents. The Chicago metro area black population leads the nation with 1,550 deaths per 100,000 African Americans in a year, versus the mortality rate for white Chicagoans of 713 per 100,000 white people.

Chicago is one of the nation’s most diverse cities. It is also one of the nation’s most segregated, however, and in the city’s neighborhoods there is little racial diversity. Wilson explained that outcomes worsen for anyone — black or white — living under poor socioeconomic conditions. However, she added, not only do black urban dwellers suffer more under such conditions, but also racial inequality and segregation are themselves harmful to communities.

3. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 3,495,176
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 37.9%
> Black unemployment rate: 12.8%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 3.9%

One of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is home to nearly 3.5 million people. It is also one of the worst cities for black Americans. The disparity between the median householdincomes of white and black residents is especially stark. The typical white household earns about $73,700 annually, one of the highest incomes in the country. The typical area black household, meanwhile, earns just under $28,000 annually. Low wages often come with high unemployment rates. While only 3.9% of all Twin City residents are unemployed, one of the lowest figures in the country, the unemployment rate among the city’s black residents is 12.8%.

About 20% of the area’s black residents have at least a bachelor’s degree, roughly in line with the corresponding national rate. Still, more than 35% of the area’s black population lives in poverty, a significantly higher rate than the 27% of black Americans living below the poverty line.

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2. Rockford, IL
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 342,411
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 44.2%
> Black unemployment rate: 28.9%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 8.3%

Located less than 100 miles northwest of Chicago, Rockford is home to about 342,400 people. Rockford is struggling economically. The area’s unemployment rate of 8.3% is more than 2 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.2%. While pooreconomic conditions affect everyone, the city’s black population has been hit the hardest.

Of the 201 metro areas examined, the median income of $22,651 among black households in Rockford is lower than in all but 10 other cities and significantly lower than the $51,264 median income among white households. Even more astounding, 28.9% of the city’s black working population is unemployed, a larger share than in any other city in the country. Thepoverty rate among the city’s black residents is 43.1%, over four times the city’s white poverty rate.

1. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
> Pct. residents black:
> Population: 1,572,245
> Black median household income as pct. of white: 41.6%
> Black unemployment rate: 17.2%
> Unemployment rate, all people: 6.0%

Like in other parts of the Midwest, large numbers of African Americans travelled to the Milwaukee area in the 1960s to take advantage of the booming manufacturing industry. Soon after a black community formed, however, the city’s industrial base all but collapsed, contributing to racial disparities in the region. An estimated 16.7% of the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metro area identify as black, higher than the nationwide proportion. In Milwaukee proper, however, roughly 40% of the population identifies as black.

A recent report from researchers at UCLA found that African American high school students were more likely to be suspended in Wisconsin than in any other state. The plight of students in the Milwaukee area — the worst city for black Americans — is perhaps even worse. The difference between white and black high school attainment in the area, at 94.9% and 80.7% the respective adult populations, is 14.2 percentage points, nearly double the national average disparity. White area households are relatively wealthy compared to thenation, with a median income of $61,675. Black area households, on the other hand, are relatively poor, with a median income of just $25,646. This was one of the nation’s largest income disparities.

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To determine the 10 worst cities for black Americans, 24/7 Wall St. created an index of nine measures to assess race-based gaps in access to resources and opportunities in each metropolitan area, rather than measure the availability of resources and opportunities in the city. Creating the index in this way ensured that states were ranked based on differences between black and white Americans and not levels of socioeconomic development. For each measure, we constructed an index from the gaps between black and white Americans. The index was standardized using interdecile normalization so outliers in the data did not skew results. We excluded metro areas where black residents comprised less than 5% of the population.

To construct the index, we used 2014 data from the U.S. Census Bureau on medianhousehold income, educational attainment rates, homeownership rates, the percentage of people without health insurance, and unemployment rates. Data on incarceration rates came from The Sentencing Project and are for the most recent available year. Because states, rather than metro areas, are responsible for the prison population, incarceration rates are for the state where the metro area is located. If a metro area spanned more than one state, we used the state in which the metro area’s principal city is located. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we used age-adjusted mortality rates by race for each county in the U.S. from 2009-2013 to calculate mortality rates at the metro level using a variation on the indirect standardization method. Incarceration and mortality rates are per 100,000 residents.