I want to thank everyone for their input. I was walking to the supermarket today when it hit me: there are hardly any Black people left in Watts, anyways! It's now grown to be about 80% Hispanic, practically overnight. Before I began high school, I had the choice of going to a magnet school 50 miles away in the San Fernando Valley, or Jordan High. At the time, Jordan was ~ 70% Black. I chose the magnet school. I went to check on the statistics of the school a few days ago, and it is now about 80% Hispanic. WTF? This was not even 8 years ago. I've noticed it elsewhere, too; billboards, pedestrians, etc... It seems the even the poorest of the Blacks are moving (being displaced by Hispanic immigrants). There are fewer and fewer Black folk to actually stay for. Looks like I'm headed for Black suburbia.
Is it wrong to be apathetic towards community improvement when said community is not composed of your ethnic/racial/cultural group? Not that I want to see the Hispanics remain poor and uneducated, I merely don't want to expend the time, money, and energy improving a place for people who are more or less displacing my own kith and kin. Anyone know of any good Black suburbs in California? The Crenshaw district has some absolutely beautiful houses and neighborhoods. Anywhere else? As mnay have pointed out, there's no reason I can't live in the safety and comfort of the Black middle class but still invest in poor Black communities, or volunteer my time.