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Reply to "Its time for black folk to be honest about black folk"

Let’s set something strait and cut the BS. Many cities have long standing black mayors due to predominately black populations. When many cities became predominately black and run by blacks, it’s after many white residents and their businesses have abandoned the city, taking their tax base with them. Cities are dependent upon tax revenues to function, provide services and what not, and in fact, when cities turn black the percentage of blacks who WORK for the cities increase.


Let me break it down for you. Cities are just subareas of Metropolitan areas. Principle cities, on average, represent only about 15 to 20% of the Metropolitan area. For example, Metropolitan Atlanta has 5 million people, yet, the city of Atlanta proper, with its black mayor, has only about 500,000. Metropolitan Detroit has 5 million people but the city, with its black mayor, only has 800,000 of that total. News Flash!!! Most jobs are in the SUBURBS!!  When people live in Metropolitan areas they are not bound by municipal border when seeking private sector employment and rarely are they for public sector jobs (it used to be that to work for the city of Detroit you had to be a resident of the city). Thus, when blacks are mayors of cities, how are they going to control whether blacks get hired in the suburbs of those cities, given that’s where most of the jobs are?


I mean, it’s absolutely ludicrous to compare the power and influence of mayors with the power and influence of Presidents. Furthermore, what cities can do is bound by State and Federal laws and guild lines.  The Federal government has the ultimate say and power and this is why issues such as poverty and unemployment are best tackled on the national scale given that it’s a national problem. Would people expect Mayors to be able to solve issues like the legacy and aftermath of slavery and Jim Crow? Generally cities can set aside a certain number of contracts, on a building project or something, for minority contractors or something like that.  

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