With talk of a possible double-dip recession - a recession followed by a short-lived recovery, followed by another recession - it’s time for African Americans to abandon the economically paralyzed urban areas of the U.S. and head for the Heartland where there is low unemployment and a higher quality of living.
Yes, it’s time for the first Great Migration of the 21st Century. Since the early 1900s, African Americans have moved from one section of the country to another en masse in search of either job opportunities or safety from violent racism or both. In 2010, we are in the same position. African Americans are still in need of job opportunities and safety, but this time from violent crime.
Now is a good time for African Americans who are struggling economically to head en masse to states like Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming, Kansas, New Hampshire, Nebraska, and South and North Dakota. All of these states just so happen to have unemployment rates significantly below the national average of 9.5 percent - from 6.8 percent in Iowa to 3.6 percent in North Dakota. (Of course, all of these states also have negligible Black populations, but I’ll address that in a bit.)
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