[i]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.[/i]
Certainly the lack of affordable housing has driven many people out of SF (not just blacks), but what explains SF having “substandard schools”?
And, curiously, the “dearth of black culture” item is interesting - in a city that prides itself on being (the most and the best at being) inclusive, tolerant and multicultural, blacks find themselves not included?
What explains this?
In related news, the flight is also out of New York, Boston and DC, is the flight is apparently to “sun belt” states in the South in many cases. So, conventional hipster wisdom is being turned on its head - supposed havens of tolerance are losing black citizens to areas of the country that are, er, less than tolerant.