Challenges for New York, Other Big Cities as 'White Flight' Ends

Decades of so-called white flight from American cities, including New York, are ending, according to a Wall Street Journal article on Saturday by Conor Dougherty. This end has spawned a fresh set of clashes and challenges:

[I]n Brooklyn, in a majority African-American section of the borough, Councilwoman Letitia James says a handful of predominantly white parents last year asked her if some of their local tax money could be steered to schools in a nearby neighborhood. The parents wanted their kids in schools with a more diverse racial mix, Ms. James says, rather than the majority-black schools in her district.

The parents felt "tax dollars should follow the children, and not the school," Ms. James says. She denied their request.

I sat down in June with Andrew Beveridge, chairman of the Queens College sociology department and an expert on the city’s population. He pointed out that ‘white loss has stopped’ in New York City.

There’s been a real demographic transition in New York. The African-American population is now declining, and has been declining in terms of non-immigrant blacks for years; and now the overall black population is declining. It’s sort of been propped up by immigrant blacks from the Caribbean or Africa. … And the last time that the census estimates were released with respect to race, age and Hispanic status, the estimate in the growth of Hispanics from—I think it was from ’06 to ’07—was 927 Hispanics. …

And if you look at the toddler class, particularly in Manhattan, white toddlers—one of the analyses that ran in The Times was, median household income of households of non-Hispanic white toddlers in Manhattan, [ages] 0 to 4, was $285,000.

So some of the younger people who probably used to immediately go to Scarsdale or Pelham Manor or Greenwich or something seem to be staying for a while.

Challenges for New York, Other Big Cities as 'White Flight' Ends