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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

does Detroit , Michigan really have more black people (percentage wise) than any other US city? why? when became this way?

I heard someone on news say that Detroit is like 89 percent black? and that Atlanta is 52 percent black and Milwaukee is like 32 percent black, and Philadelphia is like 34 percent black, but DETROIT  is 80-90 percent black!? my god, why?

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  • 2 months ago
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    It's a little complicated.

    I was born in Detroit and grew up there in the 1950s.  In those days, Detroit was a very prosperous city, and a nice place to live, because of the auto industry, going back to the first big Ford plant and Henry Ford paying his employees very well for the time.  At the end of WWII, Detroit had the largest percentage of single-family homes of any American city, because everyone was so well-paid.

    Then the auto companies decided to save money on personnel.  The unions, they insisted, were too greedy.  They needed to move all their manufacturing to 'Right to Work' states where there were no unions.  And within a decade or so, Detroit became a ghost town.  All our auto manufacturing either went to Mexico, or to the South, where workers made $9/hr instead of $18.

    Something else that went on after WWII was the 'flight to the suburbs', aka 'White Flight'.  People who could afford to move out of big cities moved to suburbs.  Those left behind were people who couldn't afford to buy a home, or were deliberately excluded from 'nice neighborhoods' because they were the wrong color.  EVERY big city in the US lost its tax base and began to deteriorate rapidly.  Detroit was one of the biggest victims because its major industry also moved out.

    Today Detroit is a rotting shell of a city.  If you're a racist, you blame black people.  But blacks are the victims, not the cause.

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The Auto Boom, Henry Ford and the Great Migration of Black people from South to North.

    There may be a minor reason as to "Why Detroit?" : The Canadian border.  Detroit-Windsor was a main entrance for Black refugees from slavery before the American Civil War, and some of those refugees stayed there after the war ended, keeping in touch with their children and neighbors who returned to the South.  When the Automobile Boom began and the factories called for workers, there were Black communities in Detroit that helped their grandchildren and other kin from the South get the earliest jobs and settle in.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Quite possibly.  The city is officially around 80% black. 

    Black people began moving there in large numbers as part of the wider even known as the Great Migration.  This was something which occurred in the first few decades of the 20th century as African Americans began moving in large numbers out of the South.  They often settled in Northern cities where they sought out jobs in the industrial economy.  This period coincided with the boom times of Detroit, when automobile manufacturing made the population of the city (white and black) explode.  In the time of the Great Migration, Detroit pretty much always needed workers, even though African Americans were largely shut out of the better paying industrial jobs and housing for black workers was chronically short and in poor condition.  So you had a booming city with a hunger for workers at the same time as you had African Americans leaving the South in unprecedented numbers.  The black population of Detroit boomed.  But beginning in the mid 20th century, the economy in Detroit, like in many American cities devoted to heavy industry, declined.  Detroit had been built on the automobile.  But new competition from foreign cars hurt American car manufacturers.  Furthermore, automakers increasingly began to move out of Detroit (I think there's only one auto factory left in Detroit proper today).  First they moved to the suburbs, where cheap land allowed them to build larger factories.  Then they moved to Southern states where labor was cheaper and less unionized.  This hurt the economy of Detroit where almost all of the major employers were car manufacturers or companies that serviced automakers.  As the economy declined, white Detroiters, who were generally wealthier than black residents and thus better able to move, increasingly fled the city.  They also fled because the end of formal racism meant that African Americans were increasingly moving into "white" neighborhoods.  White people traditionally will only tolerate a certain, low, percentage of African Americans in their neighborhoods before they decide to get the hell out.  In Detroit, as in many other cities, you saw white people flee from the prospect of a multi cultural city.  Sometimes these people continued to work in jobs in the city, but they lived outside it in suburbs which were more racially homogeneous. 

  • 2 months ago

    When the auto industry declined, the people who disproportionately couldn't afford to move were black.

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  • Jerome
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    "ok God why"

    Why is it shocking and/or distasteful to see a 100% black city.....🤔

    Why is Detroit and other major urban areas this way.......umm

    Think of it like a bank or investment since colonial times. Instead of money it's people or LABOR FORCE.

    Power centers to fuel the nation riches....after awhile (60 to 100 years) these centers needs cleaning, refueled until the people and centers are replaced. In no particular order. Rinse and repeat. 👁️

    Go back to "black wallstreet" and the reasons given why it was destroyed. I see similarities TODAY with any independent black owned ANYTHING.

  • Dave
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Detroit is roughly 80% black, not 90% black. It is the major city with the highest black percentage unless you count Gary, Indiana as a major city.  Because of the riots in the city from the late 60s, white people fled more rapidly Detroit than Atlanta, Milwaukee or Philadelphia. And that is despite Atlanta becoming a majority black city  before Detroit.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Detroit is 60% black, this happened with the downfall of the car industry in the 80s, a lot of people left, the city went from almost 2 million to barely 600,000, most of who stayed could not afford to leave, and the black community in Detroit, just like most places in America, are disproportionately poor 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Google 'The Great Migration'. Basically they followed the jobs when opportunity was limited in the South. Detroit was once a great city when the auto industry was thriving where everyone could make a better life for themselves. Government over regulation killed the auto industry in the US. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Herd that . Trump calls it Herd Mentality aka his base 

  • Jeff S
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No idea if it's true or not. However because most of the White residents moved and raised their families in the suburbs starting in the mid 1960s I wouldn't doubt it's true.

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