Inequality In Detroit

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Black Detroit has a very interesting history. African Americans migrated to Detroit in very large numbers during the "Great Black Migrations". The largest percentage came from Alabama, while many others came from Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. This increased Detroit's black population from under 6,000 in 1910 to 120,000 in 1930. The city of Detroit once boasted the largest Black middle class in America. However after the riots in 1943 and 1967, and school desegregation, the white population left in such large numbers that today Detroit is the largest, blackest city in the nation. It is also the most segregated of all large cities. With the decline of America’s automobile industry the skilled high paying manufacturing jobs began disappearing. Many working class Black Americans struggle to obtain affordable housing. More than half of all African Americans rent and 53% of those spend more than 30% of their income for their rent. 30% is the recommended threshold that a family should pay for housing costs. Having to use so much of their income for housing makes it much more difficult for African Americans to make ends meet. Their gross amount of rent is 776.00 a month. Although incomes for African Americans have improved significantly since the Civil Rights era, they are still lower then the average Americans. For example the median income for Black families is $20 thousand a year less than the American median income. Stress is a major contributor to high blood pressure and Blacks have higher rates of stress and distress because of environmental, social, and economics conditions in many Black communities across the country. Stress is a known and major contributor to elevated blood pressure. Another theory popularized in the late 80s known as the "slavery hypothesis." This is the theory that during the slave trade in the middle passage, the Africans who
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