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Violence Fuels Black Population Decline in Chicago

CHICAGO—Chicago, once a promised land for millions of blacks fleeing the Jim Crow South, has seen a steady decrease in the black population since 1980. The prolonged black exodus just reached a milestone. The newly released census data concludes that blacks, with a 10 percent population loss between 2010 and 2020, are no longer the most populous minority group in Chicago; that title, along with the political power that comes with it, goes to the growing Hispanic population. Chicago—the third-largest U.S. city with a population of 2.7 million—is now 31 percent white, 30 percent Hispanic, 29 percent black, and 10 percent Asian and others. Most blacks live in poor communities infested with crime and drugs on the South and West Side of Chicago. A dozen locals told The Epoch Times the reverse black migration was fueled by the same desire to better themselves and their families, and by the most …

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