Saturday, March 6, 2021

Top Five Cities That Treat Black Americans Like Crap


Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
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*According to a new study, Peoria, Illinois, is ranked high on the Top Five list of cities that Black Americans should avoid. 

Here’s how breaks down that list:

“Peoria, Illinois, is one of many cities on this list with a long history of segregation, the effects of which linger today. Black Peoria residents are much more likely to struggle financially and far more likely to face difficulty finding employment than white Peoria residents.”

5. Peoria, IL
> Black population: 34,462 (9.1%)
> Black median income: $27,085 (45.6% of white income)
> Unemployment: 17.9% black; 5.6% white
> Homeownership rate: 31.4% black; 76.1% white

Peep what other cities made the list below. 

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Racine, WI
Source: davidwilson1949 / Flickr

“The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area is highly segregated by race and has some of the largest disparities in poverty, income, and homeownership between black and white residents of any U.S. metro area.

The typical black household in the area earns $31,653 a year, just 41.5% of the white median household income of $76,208.”

4. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
> Black population: 270,924 (7.8%)
> Black median income: $31,653 (41.5% of white income)
> Unemployment: 12.3% black; 3.9% white
> Homeownership rate: 24.6% black; 75.8% white

“Racine, Wisconsin, is one of several Rust Belt cities where social and economic outcomes for black residents fall well behind those of white area residents. In Wisconsin, black residents are nearly 12 times more likely to be imprisoned than white residents.”

3. Racine, WI
> Black population: 21,450 (11.0%)
> Black median income: $26,888 (42.3% of white income)
> Unemployment: 16.6% black; 6.1% white
> Homeownership rate: 31.4% black; 77.1% white

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
Source: Dori / Wikimedia Commons

“Like many Midwestern cities with similar history, Milwaukee’s discriminatory housing policies from the mid-20th century still largely define residential patterns today. Segregation can contribute to income inequality, and today, the typical black household in Milwaukee earns just $27,834 a year — 42.5% of the $65,568 white median household income. While the white poverty rate in Milwaukee of 7.6% is one of the lowest in the country, the black poverty rate of 36.4% is among the highest.”

2. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
> Black population: 260,776 (16.6%)
> Black median income: $27,834 (42.5% of white income)
> Unemployment: 16.1% black; 4.2% white
> Homeownership rate: 28.2% black; 69.5% white

“No U.S. metro area has larger social and economic disparities along racial lines than Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa. Black metro area residents earn just 46.8% of what white area residents earn, and are far more likely to be unemployed than white workers in the city.” 

1. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
> Black population: 12,085 (7.1%)
> Black median income: $25,897 (46.8% of white income)
> Unemployment: 23.9% black; 4.4% white
> Homeownership rate: 32.8% black; 73.2% white

Read the full report here

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



  1. SLANTED…. First of all, the picture of Peoria (IL) is not our city. But most importantly is the ‘ 24/7 Wall Street ‘ was greatly disputed by our city’s African-American and Others from the city. Why? The data ignored the larger scope of the Peoria MSA, within the neighboring suburbs and outlying rural metro, that’s more than 90 percent Caucasian. The great disparity, like in most other industrial cities, pertains to older geographical sections dominated by a low-income and working class demographic. However, blatant posts as This skew the fact that Other contributing factors (ex: high crime rates, poor education, blight and widespread disinvestment) are the key reasons. Instead, misinformation like These posted and random articles present the false impression of highly-diverse cities made to appear hostile to minorities.

    I’m African-American and resent (Peoria) my hometown being maligned as though It was some Jim Crowe-era backwater. We have the same problems as most U.S. cities struggling with a changing economy, economic struggles, and population loss. However, Many of our residents and influential leaders are devoting much time and resources toward alleviating these civic woes that ‘ 24/7 Wall Street ‘ failed to clearly show. Instead, the authors used skewed data to support it’s slanted view of Racism for cheap sensationalism.


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