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December 21st, 2011
09:08 AM ET

5 ways the suburbs are changing

Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories about the changing American suburbs.

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Manicured lawns, minivans and modest-homes-turned-McMansions: They’re the sorts of symbols that might come to mind when we think modern suburbia.

But peer inside the windows at the people living there and the American suburbs are increasingly complex, the 2010 U.S. Census and other reports show. We’ve come a long way since “Leave It to Beaver.”

The suburbs – or rather suburbanites – represent an evolving America. And what exists today would leave June Cleaver’s perfectly coifed head, and even her strand of pearls, spinning.

Relying on various census reports culled and crunched by seasoned demographers like those at the Brookings Institution, we present a mere taste of what can be learned about the changing face – or faces – of suburbia.

Flight: It’s not just for whites

Across racial and ethnic lines, population growth in suburbs outpaces cities, which means it’s time to toss the stereotypes.

While 78% of metropolitan-area whites live in suburbs, the 2010 Census also shows that for the first time more than half of each minority group in metro areas is staking a claim to suburban living.

Key among the findings is what internationally renowned demographer William Frey, currently a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, calls “breakthrough ‘black flight.’” In 1990, 37% of metro area blacks lived in suburbs. By 2000, that number had gone up to 44%. The latest census tips the scale to 51%.

The same trend is true for other major metro area minority groups, with 59% of Hispanics and 62% of Asians choosing suburbia over city living as of 2010.

Nationwide, minorities make up 35% of all people living in suburbs. And there are now 16 large metro areas – twice as many as there were in 2000 – where minorities make up the majority of the suburban population. Among them: Washington,D.C.; Miami; Houston, McAllen and El Paso, all in Texas; Albuquerque; Honolulu; Las Vegas; and, in California, Riverside, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, San Jose and San Francisco.

Ingredients in a growing melting pot

Chinatowns, Little Italies, the Lower East Side of Manhattan. City enclaves for immigrants, once expected, now might be a trend of the past.

From 2000 to 2010, the U.S.population grew by about 10% to nearly 309 million. Of the more than 27 million added to the census in the last decade, about a third were immigrants – both legal and illegal, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

Nearly 14 million immigrants arrived between 2000 and 2010, while about 5 million left or died – a net increase of 8.8 million. All told, the center reports, 40 million immigrants are now living in the United States, around three-quarters of them legally.

About half of the 14 million who arrived in the last decade were Latino or Hispanic, says demographer Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Latinos now number 50.5 million in the United States and outnumber blacks as the largest minority group, the Pew Hispanic Center reports.

Thirty years ago, 43% of U.S. immigrants lived in suburbs, wrote demographer Audrey Singer, an expert on international migration who is also a senior fellow in Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program. By 2010, the majority – or 51% - made their homes in suburbia.

Immigrants follow settlement trends, which means in places where suburbs rule many immigrants bypass city-living altogether. Highly suburbanized Atlanta is a perfect example, says Singer, where 95% of immigrants – and 92% of all residents – live in the suburbs.

Living the less dreamy dream

Once viewed as a blissful bubble, the suburbs are no longer immune to the challenges facing all of society. Enter, for example, poverty. A third of the country’s poor, and most of the poor living in large metro areas, call “Pleasantville” home, Brookings reported.

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Between 2000 and 2008, the poverty-stricken population grew in suburbs by 25%, nearly five times faster than it did in cities.

The number of suburban poor also grew three times faster rate than the overall suburban population.

From 2000 to 2008, a Brookings report shows, the total number of people living in suburbia grew 13% to 132 million. By 2009, about 14 million of those were poor – up from 10 million in 2000, a jump of about 40%.

Today, one out of 10 suburban residents is impoverished. Of the poor suburbanites, 83% are American-born; the rest are immigrants.

Who’ll shovel the walk?

The post-World War II birth of suburbia ushered in an onslaught of children. These baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1965, now number about 80 million and account for more than a quarter of the population, according to Brookings’ Frey.

By 2010, boomers were between 45 and 64 years old. Including those older than the boomers, Americans 45-and-up grew 18 times faster than younger folks over the last decade. By way of jarring comparison, the 55-64 age group grew by more than 50%, while the 35-44 lot fell by 9%. The greatest growth in the under 45 group was in the 15-24 age range, but even that population grew by little more than 11%.

The vast majority – or 72% of 45-and-up Americans – are living and aging in suburbs. Collectively they make up 40% of all suburban residents.

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Meanwhile, suburbs in 38 of the 100 largest metro areas showed a decline in their 45-and-under populations between 2000 and 2010, Frey reported.

With the exception of New Orleans, which can attribute its population shift to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, all the other top-10 suburban areas to experience 45-and-under declines were in the Snow Belt. They include Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and Buffalo.

If the Cleavers were house hunting today…

Modern suburbia, and America in general, is more racially diverse than ever. But there remains one true exception, and that is in a land often referred to as the “exurbs,” says Frey.

These exurban counties, which sit on the periphery of large metro areas, are low-density and overwhelmingly white. And while they account for just 2.5 million people, little more than 1% of large metro populations, these counties are growing fast – at a rate three to five times faster than the U.S.average, Frey reports.

The 20 fastest-growing exurban counties dot the country and include areas outside Atlanta, St. Louis, New York and Ogden, Utah.

Sixteen of these 20 counties are more than 75% white, Frey reports. And whites can be credited for 73% of all exurban population growth, which stands in sharp contrast to what whites are contributing to overall population growth. Between 2000 and 2010, whites accounted for just 8% of the country’s population increase.

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  1. kurt

    Yeah – suburbs are growing faster than cities because it's less expensive to live there. It's not rocket science.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisdom4u2

      Yup! So true! Just like the 'strip malls' …almost obsolete. : (

      December 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wisdom4u2

    My advice to all minorities who own those big brick, stone and Victorian homes in the Cities…‘y’all better hold onto to those if you can. A lot of city dwellers here had to sell their city homes for cheaper homes in the burbs. But, I’s ain’t a going!! : ) Peace out!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ruth in Ohio

    My husband and I moved into our current neighborhood 20 years ago,everyone in the neighborhood mowed their lawn ,trimmed the bushes etc. essentially took very good care of their property. Now many of the elderly haved passed away and young people moved into the houses ,in this economy , either rent or own these homes. Either way none of them take care of their new homes,green mold on the homes,lawns are not being cared for,they need a new roof,put a tarp over the roof,no painting of anything,windows look like crap, trash around the house.....it started out as a nice neighborhood,and the younger generation trashed it!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. glyder

    decent folks are decent folks.i just hope the eric holder mentality doesn't move in my hood.i don't like black panthers and he gets away with dropping voter intimidation charges against them because they are his people according to him.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike's

    Yup, we all know. Down with whites lol.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Peter

    I better brush up on my Spanish.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Black is the new Green!

    Some of these comments kill me boy!!!!!

    This country functions off of the minority.

    The clothes on your back? Minority made. Need something fixed? Who do you call to work for you? Pablo, the Mexican. Need a taxi? Who do you call? Jean, the Haitian. Need a vacation? Where do you go? BLACK islands!

    It boggles my mind when some whites make it seem like this is their country. It’s NOT your country! You STOLE it! ….Yet, blacks are the thieves.

    If you ask me some whites are so damn needy. It’s like they need the minority to do everything for them! But we’re soooooooo bad! Blacks were minding THEIR own business, living THEIR own lives, in THEIR own countries until some whites came because of what? Laziness/Greed/Selfishness. We cooked, we cleaned, we grew your crops, we raised your children, the white men slept with the slaves behind their white wives back (and kept coming back for a reason – might I add), and then you have the nerve to hate us?! You beat us for not doing things to your liking because you were to f%& lazy to do it yourself, you broke up our families and we lived with and became accustomed to that for more years than we’ve been free from your selfish ways…Then you wonder why some blacks are the way they are!!!! What type of mess are you guys on? Let me guess? Meth; coke; perhaps.

    Yea SOME blacks choose the wrong route but so do whites. White people crimes are to the utmost extreme (i.e. serial killing). Where as black crimes are more toward survival (i.e. robbing). Their both wrong but serial killing will never make sense!

    Some whites say we create havoc and our music (i.e. hip hop) is the worst thing ever….. I suppose lynching innocent people, the KKK, heavy metal, gothic ways, and the hateful words you share in these comments are just so heavenly and create no havoc at all? Please!

    It was a black man, might I also add, that wanted to create peace and white man killed him for it!

    Some try to make an honest living by doing the right thing. Blacks aren’t just born with committing crimes in thought. They resort to it because some whites don’t want to give them a chance just because of race and/or stereotypes, particularly, with black men. So they resort to selling and their number one customers? Whites.

    Some whites just want to be us and it’s okay  – Rapping, clothing style, butt implants, botox for fuller lips, men getting enhanced in the pants …to replicate what? Sound familiar. Let’s not even talk about the amount of white women getting with black men. Again, we’re soooo bad!

    Bottom line is you brought us here! You took us out our countries to start and now you’re complaining! That’s absurd….

    One thing is for sure if we leave sports will never be the same! LOL

    God Bless America!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elio

      ^^^look everyone, a delusional self-validating racist! (Psst, he actually believes what he is saying!) Fascinating.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        I dont think I'm racist in fact. I have plenty of interacial couples in my family and I have also dated outside my race. I will however, defend my race...By the way I am a female.

        December 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisdom4u2

      @ Black is the new Green! ~~~ I hear ya!! And ain't that the truth?! This country was made by the sweat and blood of our American Indians, Blacks and Chinese, and yet, Mr. Charlie keeps trying to take all the 'glory', but we know the truth.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        Thanks wisdom4u2. I love how their all defensive now. Must of sparked a few nerves! Yikes! LOL

        December 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      here's a list of all black serial killers:

      http://blackpeoria.wordpress.com/list-of-black-serial-killers/

      your idea that only whites commit serial murders and blacks commit it for survival is wrong. Look at the black guy that just burnt an old woman alive in an elevator.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        I do not think all whites commit serial killings. However, the majority rules. You have also proved my point. You see how you were so quick to defend and say not ALL white people commit serial killings. WELL NOT ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE HORRIBLE.

        December 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • wisdom4u2

        @Black is the new Green!

        Right on, Bro/Sista?! You make me want to shout 'RIGHT ON, RIGHT ON!' You're pretty quick!

        December 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • realtalker

      Dude, chill out! People for the most part are over all of this racism mess. There is no need to make up "facts" and spew rediculous racist comments because you aren't living the dream and someone else of another race is. No one cares to hear it.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        Correction I am young 26 year old black female, I own investment properties, I have my own busniess, I have a B.A. in Math and currently in a Master's program. All of which I did myself. So I am living MYAmerican dream. Thanks!

        December 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jwk1

      Blacks make about 12% of the US population, but commit about 50% of the murders.

      Actually the murder rate in sub-Saharan Africa is about the same as among black Americans.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • nt2050nt2050

      Are you an unemployed African American?

      December 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        No I am very employed! Read the above correction. Happy Holidays!

        December 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mel

      "sports won't be the same".............................black men make up 5% of the population yet commit 57% of all rapes. More than sports won't be the same!!!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        Is that all you have! The mere fact is we dominate. Period! I apologize if that may threaten you. But that just what we do huh? Happy Holidays

        December 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      you will soon be a minority pushed aside.hispanics will replace you.the question is,will they take your place on the democratic plantation in as great a percentage.90 plus.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • JK

        Whites make up 72.4% of the US population as where hispanics make up about 6.2% and blacks make up 12.6%. So which demographic is going to make whites a minority in this country? If that were to happen, it would take generations to do so and whites would have to basically stop reproducing for that time period. We just spent $13 billion in taxes in 2010 to conduct a census and yet you don't make us of this information. Why? Why go around making ridiculous comments, clearly demonstrating your ignorance, instead of simply doing a google search and educating yourself on the topics you find compelling? It just doesn't make any sense.

        December 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhBama

      Of COURSE it's our (whites) country! We bought it, we stole it, whatever. It's ours now. Black folks used to belong to us, but along came the 13th Amendment, stripping us of our skilled labor. Now, we have to make our own stuff; like rockets and computers and Wal Marts. Worse, we have to PAY for all you people to work in our factories and stores! And if that's not bad enough, the country is made up of only 12-14% blacks, yet they take up +/-90% of our prisons and government hand outs, and take all our tax dollars to keep you alive. No wonder we're mad!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        ALL THOUGH I THINK YOU ARE A WASTE OF SPACE I'LL RESPOND HOWEVER, I'LL KEEP MY COMMENTARY BRIEF

        Of COURSE it's our (whites) country! We bought it, we stole it, whatever. It's ours now. <-- BUT IF WE HAD THAT MENTALITY WE'D BE EVEN MORE HORRIBLE RIGHT? BETTER YET WE JUST GET SENTENCED FOR IT LIKE WE DO WITH EVERYTHNG ELSE. RIGHT?

        Black folks used to belong to us, but along came the 13th Amendment, stripping us of our skilled labor. Now, we have to make our own stuff; <--- AWW, I THINK YOU NEED A TISSUE. THATS JUST TO BAD GOD GAVE YOU HANDS FOR A REASON.

        like rockets and computers and Wal Marts <-- WHITES WERENT THE ONLY INVENTOR SBLACKS INTVENTED THINGS AS WELL – TRY LOOKING SOME UP

        Worse, we have to PAY for all you people to work in our factories and stores! <--- HEY, WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT. SO WE "CAN" MAKE AN HONEST LIVING AND NOT SELL DRUGS. #PRICELESS

        And if that's not bad enough, the country is made up of only 12-14% blacks, yet they take up +/-90% of our prisons and government hand outs, and take all our tax dollars to keep you alive. No wonder we're mad! <--CORRECTION THERE ARE MORE WHITES THAN BLACKS ON GOV. HANDOUTS SORRY TO BREAK THE NEWS TO YOU

        December 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrewATX

      You hit the nail on the preverbial head.. and this is coming from a White Boy

      December 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • wisdom4u2

        You sound pretty fly for a white guy: )

        December 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        LOL Thanks I guess you can be my favorite white boy! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

        December 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JK

      Who brought you here? What white person enslaved you and took you from your country? No person alive has owned a slave or been a slave in this country. Slavery ended 150 years ago. Stop using that as an excuse for your problems. Your diatribe is both ignorant and petty. At some point, you need to raise yourself up and be a man that can look himself in the mirror and feel proud of who he is. Spending your life acting as if you are some sort of victim is going to get you nowhere. Until you start doing something for yourself, you will always have someone else to blame when in reality, your shortcomings are your own fault. Opportunity exists across the board in this country for all people. if you fail to take that opportunity, it's is no one's fault but your own.

      To address your "serial killer" comment, just stop. Trying to validate crime committed by any race is just plain ignorant. Crime is crime and it is wrong. And it’s a very safe bet to assume black are responsible for more murders a year than whites are. Watch any episode of "Lockup" and it's very clear that crime in the black community is out of control in our urban centers in America and it's linked to drugs. It's linked to work ethic that is instilled in these people by their lack of community and future aspirations. Youths in urban areas are being taught that doing something illegal for a quick payoff is more appealing, and more "gangsta" to do than to apply one self and become something more. Before you make outlandish comments about which race commits worse crimes, do some research, educate yourself and gain understanding of the statistics you find. In 2009 black non-Hispanic males were incarcerated at the rate of 4,749 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents of the same race and gender. White males were incarcerated at the rate of 708 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents. Black males are 7 times more likely to find themselves incarcerated per capita than white males are per capita. According to the 2010 census of the US Census Bureau blacks comprised 12.6% of the US population meaning there are around 841,000 black men incarcerated in the US. Concurrently, the 2010 census shows that whites make up 72.4% of the US population meaning there are around 693,800 white men incarcerated in the US. Think about that before you speak from now on regarding this subject.

      You are an ignorant fool and need education. Take the initiative and fix yourself.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        My parents brought me here. You know the how the story goes I’m sure. JK, I have no problem. I’m very successful for my age and apparently my race according to some of the people who commented about my race here today. As I have mentioned before, I am a 26 year old, I own investment properties (started at 23), I have my own business, I have a B.A. in Math and I am currently in a Master's program. All of which I did myself. So, I have taken a look in the mirror and I commend myself everyday. Maybe, I made myself sound like a man because of my words and/or aggression on here but I am 100% female by the way. I am in no shape or form excusing the behavior of SOME blacks in this country due to slavery. I merely, expressed that I do not understand how a race (some whites) can hate another race (blacks) the way they do when they (blacks) were brought here from the beginning by whites. There is no wrong in what I said, just truth. I also do not understand how a race (some whites) can continue to treat some blacks the way they do as if we are still stuck in that time frame. I do understand that slavery is over and has been over for a while which makes it even more disheartening as to why we (blacks) are still hated and stereotyped as a whole. I was called the N-word for no reason by a white man so as much as slavery is non-existent racism is still there. I am and I will always be a firm believer in working hard to get where you need to. Again I am a product of that. The same way I came here to express what you may think is ignorance. I also express to the people of my race that I see fall short what they need to do to rise above where they are. Nothing in life is free. So trust me I am hard on them as well. But I will not allow people to come here and state that ALL blacks that enter a suburban neighborhood are trouble. You stated that “Spending your life acting as if you are some sort of victim is going to get you nowhere” well I can’t speak for myself because I am somewhere.

        Now as for the serial killer comment, it was said intentionally, and my point was proven when someone, yourself included, became very defensive about it. How can a white person come and categorize all blacks as being so horrible to a neighborhood but when a black categorizes all whites for being serial killers its ignorant? And if you continued to read, as I am sure you did, I did mention and I quote “Their both wrong….” But you continued to crack down and give me stats. Now I must correct you JK, you stated “It's linked to work ethic that is instilled in these people by their lack of community and future aspirations.” I have lived in what many call “the ghetto” and both my parents are immigrants to this country as well as some of my colleagues. Yet, we are educated and we rose above what some whites may think we, “these people”, are incapable of doing. You also said we are “being taught that doing something illegal for a quick payoff is more appealing, and more "gangsta" to do than to apply one self and become something more.” Although we come from or have lived certain places, we all have obtained higher education – speaking personally. So where do you get off classifying “these people?” or is it ignorance still? When tables are turned and the race attacking is attacked there is an issue. Stats are given. Its quiet sad.

        So before YOU start speaking from now on regarding “these people” educate yourself and gain understanding of the shocking things you’ll end up finding out.

        December 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      You sound angry and jealous.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evette

      Thank you, You said it best unfortunately, people who don't like who they really are will believe the lie to make themselves feel better they rather hate then to love that's the world we live in but Thank God we do have a lot of smart and intelligent Caucasian's in the world who are not racist.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • FACT vs FICTION

      @ Black
      You really need to check your facts and educate yourself. It was your own black neigboring tribes in Africa that sold "your" people into slavery.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green!

        To answer your comment:

        Europeans entered Africa in the mid 1400 s and early 1500 s during a time of socio-political transition. Europeans chose a favorite side to win between African nations at a war and supplied that side with guns. In its victory, the African side with guns rounded up captives of war who were sold to the Europeans in exchange for more guns or other barter. Whites used these captives in their own slave raids. These captives often held pre-existing grudges against groups they were ordered to raid, having formerly been sold into slavery themselves by these same groups as captives in inter-African territorial wars. In investigating the history and capture, a much more completed picture emerges than simply that we sold each other into slavery.

        Every ethnic group has sold members of the same ethnic group into slavery. While all ethnic groups have sold its own ethnic group into slavery, Blacks just stay the focus of it.

        December 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Believe me..no one wants to be you! Swing low sweet chariot.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green

        Veronica maybe you should have a personal talk with the females who try and get "black" assets or the white boys who want to rap, or the whites Rastafarias. Whatever floats their boat is fine with me. The point is that people cannot judge all blacks as being bad people when you too have benefited or picked up a few things from a person of color.

        December 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Ha ha, are you for real? You blame everyone "else" for the problems that black people have. Yeah, there's an original thought.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black is the new Green

        I am very for real. Clearly you missed the "some" when I wrote and apparently you did not follow...I am in no shape or form excusing the behavior of SOME blacks in this country. I merely, expressed that I do not understand how a race (some whites) can hate another race (blacks) the way they do when they (blacks) were brought here from the beginning by whites. There is no wrong in what I said, just truth. I also do not understand how a race (some whites) can continue to treat some blacks the way they do as if we are still stuck in that time frame. I do understand that slavery is over and has been over for a while which makes it even more disheartening as to why we (blacks) are still hated and stereotyped as a whole. I was called the N-word for no reason by a white man so as much as slavery is non-existent racism is still there. I am and I will always be a firm believer in working hard to get where you need to (that goes for any race mine included)....I also express to the people of my race that I see fall short what they need to do to rise above where they are. Nothing in life is free. So trust me I am hard on them as well. But I will not allow people to come here and state that ALL blacks that enter a suburban neighborhood are trouble.

        December 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wisdom4u2

    This has been Mr. Charlie’s plan all along…conversely, Mr. Charlie wasn’t factoring in the ‘Hispanics’. And actually, we have a ‘little Mexico’ community not far from my city that is very self-sustaining. The whites that live amongst them have been there for decades; however, you will not find 1 black family in that little community. That, I don’t understand…..

    December 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mrs. Balkcom

    @Me, thank you!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mrs. Balkcom

    I understand your concern Mike. I don't want to live around any quality of people that don't value their community. The black people you refer to are the kind that many middle and upper-class blacks don't want to live around either. Unfortunately, all blacks get lumped together and looked at as a potential plummet to white folks property value and increase in crime rates. Black people with the financial ability to leave "the hood" do so expeditiously. "The hood" has mentality that sustains it and will probably never change-even with regentrification, a la Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. We want to raise our families in peace like you do.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Very well said.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OhBama

    Hey, let's talk about mormons! They HATE people who aren't of their persuasion. Every been to SLC? Then, when we've worn out that topic, let's talk about Newt Gingrich!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. luke

    These comments are just sad. The only thing I got out of the article and comments is that the US has a terrible education system.

    Happy holidays!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhBama

      luke...I think you've got it!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big 4 Partnership Guru

    The Palins are indeed an embarrassment to our great nation.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mel

    Section 8 housing, Section 8 vouchers: The government plan to ship dysfunctional poor people out to the burbs to be "cured" by example. Instead their children run wild, graffiti blooms, and theft increases. In turn the functional people leave and a new ghetto is born. It's also a good way for liberals to bemoan the "increase in poverty" as their are now more poor people living in the burbs and thus more necessity for spending more tax dollars on social welfare programs. Read the "Bell Curve" to wake from your slumber America.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisdom4u2

      I'm tellin' ya...it was 'Mr. Charlie's' plan! : )

      December 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elio

      Truth.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mrs. Balkcom

    Believe me Mike, I will not be coming anywhere near where you live. I don't go where I'm not welcome. I'm too busy doing things that help improve myself and my family's life.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      Well you seem nice and I apologize if what I said hurt your feelings, but the fact is, black people statistically commit an enormously disproportionate amount of violent crime. Can you blame me for not wanting them to come to where my family is? I didn't create this society I just live in it.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Mrs. Balkcom: We have a few houses for sale in my neighborhood. Love to have ya!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Me

    For me, it's never been a race issue, but a class issue. I live in a nice neighborhood in a nice school district. There are two black families on my street. Great neighbors. In fact, when I leave my kids home alone, they know to call "Mr. X" my black neighbor if there's a problem. It's the neighborhoods with the loud music, dilapidated homes that used to be nice, long grass, crummy landscaping that I avoid. Most of these neighborhoods were nice at one time, then one lower class person (any color of the rainbow) tears up their house or brings drama and you flee immediately. To say the suburbs have changed shows you've been looking at too many pie charts and not around real people. The suburbs usually refer to where people flee. Something that used to be a nice suburb but is now populated by people who tear up everything they touch is now a hood. Know the difference.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Renter

    It’s interesting. I’ve started to notice over the past decade or so that more apartment complexes are being built than actual homes. I think I know why. I gave up on home ownership a long time ago because every time I moved, it wouldn’t take but 6 or 7 years for the new neighborhood to start crumbling. At least in an apartment, you can move at the end of a lease or even break it if you have to. It’s a heck of a lot easier than trying to sell a house in a neighborhood that’s going down the toilet. Plus, some of these high-end complexes maintain strict rules that keep the riffraff out. I think a lot of people are starting to feel the same way. I wouldn’t be surprised that if within 20 to 30 years you start to see home ownership confined only to rural areas.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1stMartian

      Very good post and life decision.
      On average a house is only an investment in the short term during spikes in real estate prices. After every spike there is a "correction" or crash in prices. This is because the national average of real estate value is in pace with inflation, bring no returns in the long term. Add in the interest on your mortgage, maintenance and repairs, property taxes, and the fees that most home owners societies charge and your "investment" is a massive loss. Home ownership is a conspiracy by the government to get people to pay more taxes and fuel our consumer driven economy, instead of invest money and become a part of the wealthy elite you get most of their income through investments (and a lower tax rate). That is why the federal government gives you a deductible on your mortgage payment, even though that deductible doesn't come close to covering the money you spend on all of the expenses listed above.

      Climb the socio-economic ladder and invest your money.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. MJSouth

    Funny how all those things horrible baby boomers are responsible for are the things everybody else seems to want! Like public services, good schools, safe neighborhoods, efficient local government, recreation and open space ...........

    December 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1stMartian

      I don't know what country you live in but America doesn't have good schools, safe neighborhoods or efficient local governments.

      Good schools? We have under performed the rest of the developed, and some un-developed countries, in every aspect of education for years. But maybe you're part of the 1% who can put their kids in a private school?

      Safe neighborhoods? America has one of the worst violent crime rates of the developed world. But maybe you're part of the 1% who lives in a neighborhood with a bunch of rent-a-cops at its gates and patrolling its streets?

      Efficient local government? Take a look at the municipal bond market. But if you're part of the 1% then you just have the guys who work for you at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley do that for you.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • jwk1

        You don't have to have private security in your neighborhood to feel safe. You don't have to send your children to make sure they get a good education. All you need to do is to find a good place to live. Place where people actually care. Trust me, it's that easy.

        December 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • 1stMartian

        @jwk1
        I was replying to a general statement about a generation and the country, but you are right about people feeling safe until they become a victim of a crime. Your opinion about it being easy for people to live in a neighborhood with a good education system is wrong. Schools are funded by local property taxes and statistics show that wealthy neighborhoods have better performing schools then poor ones.

        But if you're part of the 1% then I guess it is easy to live in a neighborhood with a good education system. Though I couldn't tell by your grammar.

        December 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Celmira9

    Just minor corrections worth noting.
    Blame yourself for where you are in the world. Bet it was some White dude who sold you the house you prob don't own, but that's besides the point. I really hope ur computer gets stolen TONIGHT so you can't post gunk. Whatever...The Strong survive and the Weak Whine a lot like urself. Again, whatever...really.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • shaan

      It hurts when it comes to your race! have your gov't nuke me just like you people do!

      December 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • shaan

      @celmira: what a troll and a loser

      December 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. shaan

    I think all white people should move to south to join there white trash trolls!

    December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mrs. Balkcom

    I have a startling revelation for white people. There are black people who are civilized, well-educated, successful, married and want to live in safe and quiet neighborhoods ( pointing to myself)!

    December 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisdom4u2

      Sounds like you need to move back into the city then.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeD

      Us educated white people recognize that, the people posting this filth on these comments are not educated, they are trolls and the lowest common denominator that finally have a place where they can voice their opinions, if you can even call it that.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      So what's wrong with most of your brethren???

      December 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Black is the new Green!

      I conquer.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • jwk1

        "conquer"

        Are you sure this is what you wanted to say? 🙂

        December 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Mike D 2

    Seriously to all the blacks in here, why is it you want to escape your own neighborhoods? Is there any neighborhood in America that is 95% black where you would want to raise your kids? Now ask yourself is there any neighborhood in America that is 95% white that you would want to raise your kids? The fact is you people cannot live in society, some here and there beat the odds, but mostly you are destined to destroy anything good given you. I've seen it in the city, entire neighborhoods with amazing brownstones destroyed by blacks who complain about poverty, then some poor white immigrants move in and revitalize the area working jobs like house cleaning and other menial tasks.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisdom4u2

      Other than being a bigot, which one are you?

      December 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • official

      I would not want to raise my kid in ANY neighborhood that is 95% white...not at all. They would go to a private school, but nah i wouldn't want my kids around any neighborhood that is 95% white. Thats a higher change of my child getting molested and me going to jail for killing an old white man.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        The reason why black neighborhoods are in the condition they are in is because the minute someone from that neighborhood "makes it" they want to LEAVE. There fore there are never people that "made it" living in the "hood". The biggest mistake of the civil rights era was desegregation, we should have kept our OWN schools and taught our OWN children.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D 2

        For once we agree, please God let this idea spread, your own schools and your own neighborhoods, I 100% agree, stay the f*** out of mine I stay the f*** out of yours and we can live together with no issue.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Balkcom

      I think you have to consider class when it comes to blacks leaving some communities, primarily low-income areas. It's unfair to lump communities of color as all being impoverished crime ridden ghettos. Most of my family and friends are homeowners and live in middle-class communities primarily of color. I lived in Brooklyn while I was single and saved my money. When my husband and I married we moved to Long Island because we wanted a better quality of life for our family and didn't want to live around violence and negativity. The best thing about our neighborhood is the diversity. My children will grow up respecting and learning about different people.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Celmira9

      Are you saying that "all White neighborhoods" are safe? Obviously, you don't watch Dateline NBC, and all the other shows where White husbands are killing their wives and children for different reasons, children kill their parents for money, wives dissapear on a daily basis, kids dissapear on a daily basis. When will White people accept the fact that they are not perfect? You have the audacity to talk about Black on Black crimes. Whites put up razor wires and gates to supposedly keep minority criminals out only to get killed by someone in their own home. I see that every day on Channel 23, Time Warner Cable. Wake up!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D 2

        dateline nbc, lmfao, way to compare one in a million random crimes to daily murders and assaults in black neighborhoods. take a look at the whole, look at the trending of neighborhoods that become darker and the evidence speaks for itself.

        December 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedric

      Come on man, really…can’t be civilized. I can take you to some black neighborhoods in the south that is mostly 95% blacks and give you cultural shock based on your statement. If you didn’t know any better, and outside looking in or passing by, you would think at first glance that it’s a white neighborhood. These are upper middle class black families with high education and good paying jobs. Yeah we have an inner city problem in the major cities poor black neighborhood or ghettos, as it often referred as, and I would be reluctant to raise my kids in them. The crime, the drugs, the poor schools and very cheap property value is just not good investment. But there is a cause for all of this, and if we just keep on scratching at the surface with all these ignorant remarks and comments, and get down to the root of the problem/cause, we will never solve the poverty in this country, especially if we are pointing figures at each other and calling each other mean names as I’m seeing from both sides of the track.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheKraken

      I would live in Atlanta...er at least the neighborhoods I see in the Real Housewives of ATL. I'm black and only avoid STEREOTYPICAL black neighborhoods, as well as white ones. If there's a black Beverly Hills, then I WOULD move to it. Harlem started out that way...until it was destroyed by drugs. Places do exist like that, at least in some parts of Missouri.

      December 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ProoFinPuddinG

    I don't think the problem is about race, it's about lack of education or will to work. All people of all colors and lifestyles learn to tolerate or accept others (different from who they are) when they have more education. To the contrary, there are plenty of positive Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and Whites, they are just not doing what the uneducated do (steal, lie, kill, etc.), they are trying to make an honest living and provide for their families. It's not about race, it's about education or lack of.

    The poor, uneducated want what the middle-class and rich have but DON'T want to work for it! For example – the poor complain they can't pay for college and want handouts but don't want to earn good grades and get grants or scholarships...
    They don't want to work full-time, they would rather sell drugs or steal.

    Hard work and education, it's not some secret!

    December 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • nt2050nt2050

      +1

      December 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The most common sense conclusion I have heard so far. totally right on the spot!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Brian

    Why pick on June Cleaver? That's the standard joke I guess. Leave It To Beaver was a TV show. The real 50s and 60s were complex. Like life.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mrs. Balkcom

    I agree Mike. I take care of my property as do most of my neighbors. However, my neighbor across the street was fined by the village for hoarding junk in front of his home-he's white. Fortunately that motivated him and his wife to clean up their property.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. soicanleavecommentsonblogs@yahoo.com

    We are all Americans in the same boat. Wake up.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. wisdom4u2

    Uhhh…duhhh!! This is not a surprise to most of us who knew the ‘plan’ for regaining ‘city living‘. The whole purpose of creating the ’suburbs’ was to send ’minorities’ out of the cities…it was only a matter of time.

    First, … came the ‘white flight’, which lead to ‘inferior’ public school districts throughout the cities (teachers following the money).

    Then, the ’minority flight’ (most, were in pursuit of a better education for their kids, so they followed the ‘better‘ school districts); Thus, leaving behind the lower income folks and the elderly.

    City Mayors, in fear of losing city revenue, schemed and achieved the demolishment of Government housing projects (usually, near the downtown areas in major cities), thus, displacing many low income families.

    This action caused ‘Section 8 housing’ throughout the once ’unattainable’ historical city’s neighborhoods (prompting drastic declining property value).
    And because of the ‘minority flight’ to the suburbs…property value declined so freaking fast out there, as well…it caused a stampede of lower income families to ’move on up’ to the suburbs.

    Now, we see the results; Businesses are cropping up all over major cities, and the original suburbanites are in ‘flight’ (back to city living); Buying up dirt cheap historical brick and stone homes, once nestled in neighborhoods they could never have afforded, not even in their dreams…fixing them up and moving on in (no…not renting them out).

    I’m watching my ‘new’ neighbors move in as I type.
    ‘Welcome back Mr. and Mrs. Charlie.’ : )

    I’ll just add this in closing: The suburbs surrounding the city I live in look like 3rd world villages. WTH happened? I already know…

    December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • official

      You comparing a suburb surrounding any major American city to a 3rd world village illustrates how ignorant and how much of an idiot you are. You people are truly entertaining lol wow

      December 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • wisdom4u2

        Ha-ha! I see you're one of those who's 'stuck' out there in the suburbs...good luck out there! : ) Who’s the i diot now? LOL

        December 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mike

    I don't care what you look like. I just want you take care of your property and don't litter...

    December 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      or peeping into my windows.....or I will have to just shoot u 🙂

      December 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • EShaw

      Amen!

      December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mrs. Balkcom

    Mike D is a perfect example of narrow-mindedness that permeates America. He assumes because I'm black that my children will be susceptible to gangs and erode the community. All children are at risk to negative influences. It's up to the parent to set the example and supervise their children properly. I too reside on Long Island and all I want is to live where I'm respected on my own property. My husband and I work and pay taxes just like Mike D. It's pathetic that as my husband and I raise our sons we have to educate them about the vile hatred towards them because they happen to be born black. So far we haven't had that conversation because I'd like to spare them the uncomfortable experience as long as possible.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      you mean your kids dad is still around? it's a miracle, maybe your kids beat the odds after all. I still wouldn't want blacks moving into my neighborhood at all. Look at any neighborhood that is 90% black, it is a cesspool, if I'm wrong why don't you live there?

      December 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        No worries Mrs Balkcom statistically speaking if Mike D is over 40 he is a child molester.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • NJparker

        you are gross and ignorant. i wouldn't want white trash living in my neighborhood.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • martyinla

        MikeD2 you are a racist. Here in LA we are lucky to have integrated neighborhoods and our crime is falling like a rock. We are more afraid of uneducated ignorant racists here. Stay away please.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  30. GrumpyExurbanite

    I've lived in a suburb in Chicago that was nice and safe. Within a six month period, a latino population pretty much took over the area. In the comlex I lived in, I was the last white guy to move out, and someone got shot the next month (my apartment got broken into and everything was gone). Same thing happened to a friend of mine in Rogers, AK. It's like all the leases came up at once, and the next then you know 20 poeple were occupying one apartment or townhome right next to you...in every unit. Property values plumeted and now it's not safe to go near there. That's why I became an exurbanite...not going to stay where I know that's just going to happen again sooner or later.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Cedric

    @OhBama! I'm black with three well behave kids living in a white nieghborhood. There is one other black family over here to with four kids. Our kids by far are the best well mannered kids in this neighborhood and often get good complaits from the neighbors over here about them. The white kids, I say between the ages of 14-18, are going around being destructive and terrorizing the neighborhood. Constantly getting complaint amoung the other white and HOA. Their parents have been confronted numerous time on the conduct of these kids. But their behavior have been somewhat like what you are describing in those black kids in your hood. I wouldn't not have made a commit until I read yours. I don't see it as a race thing, it's more a kids/teenage problem. But I started interacting with these kids in a positive way, and they respect me sooo much! and they sort of listen and toned it down a little. I bet if you did the same, you would be surprise at how they would respond. These kids don't mean no harm. A lot of them are just born and needs some positive direction from adult like you and I. Being critical and raciest don't fix problems, it only add fuel. Are you tired of feeling that way? As far as black can't be civilized...my brother, that statement is just a product of your ignorants and that's why it could never be taken seriously. By the way you write, you seem like an intellegent person, contribute that to society.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrumpyExurbanite

      In my little town, it's all the uneducated white trailer trash that casues the problems...and the mexicans. Coming from a mexican friend of mine, he knows they're the ones primarily responsible for burglaries all over town. The white ones are the meth freaks. The black guy next to me is about as redneck as it gets...but causees otherwise no problems.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Wow! Where were you educated...so many grammatical errors in one paragraph. I wouldn't be so quick to call others ignorant if I were you. Those white kids probably weren't able to move away and are acting out so their parents will get them out of your way.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • GrumpyExurbanite

        Oh, shut up Veronica. That someone types fast and may have some sticky keys and is just too d@mned lazy to hit the shift button is no reason to get a bug up your butt too.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cedric

        @Veronical I don't mean you no harm and I have a great relationship with the white parents and the kids. I'm sorry for the grammatical error, but I hope you get the point. You seem very intellegent. We all need to be involved with these kids. It takes a village to raise a kid, it don't matter what color.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhBama

      Thank you, Cedric. That was very well written and your point is taken. Most of what I write is simply venting and stirring of the pot. In fact, immediately next to my neighborhood is a small cul-de-sac of newer houses, all of which are occupied by black families. It's the cleanest area of our town. Behind me lives a white family with a trashed yard. Who do you think gets my respect? As far as across the street goes, I've tried to be friendly, but to no avail. Still, I'd rather have well behaved minorities in my neighborhood than people of my own color who cannot behave. Conversations like yours go a long way in strengthening bonds between races. Keep it up sir! You are an inspiration.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • willy wonka

      You may be right but correct spelling helps your argument. What is a complait?

      December 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • GrumpyExurbanite

        Those with uncapitalized proper names as tags should not cast grammatical error stones.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Cedric: I apologize for my comments on your ignorance...if you are truly that rare upstanding black family maybe you could promote other blacks to aspire to your success. I do applaud you...welcome to the civilized world.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mike D 2

    white flight has taken to the exurbs and we're leaving the suburbs to be decayed and ruined by the colored people. In 100 years they'll try to move into the exurbs and I suppose us whites will simply move to another planet where they can't follow.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      Throughout the world and throughout history has had criminals who ruin it for the majority. More people just means more crime. It's about crime, not color. With nearly 50% of the U.S. living at or below the poverty line, bad things will happen everywhere there is poverty. America does exceed the limit on uneducated minorities who make everybody look bad by choosing a life of crime. Last thing we needed as a nation was 48 million uneducated latinos.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  33. RJennings

    I tell you what. It is really sad to see the responses that are coming out of all groups of individuals today. THIS is the real problem. For some reason, we cannot get over the fact that one person's skin is different then the other. We cannot get over the fact that indivuals and cultures are different. SO WHAT. It is how we react to these differences that makes the person that you and I both are today. Not one person here was born racist. You are that way through one of two reasons. 1. Your Parents – this is sad but true. If you are told your entire life that THOSE people are not as good as you are or that those people hate your guts so you should hate theirs, eventually the kid is going to start believing it. 2. A bad experience – something happens in one's life that makes them form an opinion about an entire race of people. It is sad to believe that in this day and age we deal with this BULLS*** topic. If you have not noticed, our country is going down the drain. Why, because we put more emphasis about who we live next to versus trying to make sure the economy is where it needs to be for all Americans, not just one race. I tell you one thing. If we do not wake up and smell the coffee, this land will not be anyone's to rule because we will have been overtaken by a country who is united and will take advantage to the blind eye that we give the rest of the world. Why must it take a tragedy (9/11) to bring people together. What needs to happen next for America to unite. I hope its nothing worse.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      You don't really think that people are prejudiced just because of skin color?? I am prejudiced against criminals, whatever the color. However if they seem to be mostly black or Latino that is who I will avoid. Please...gang members keep shooting each other with your assault rifles and itchy trigger fingers!.....ghetto women stop breeding future gang members and criminals. If the shoe fits...wear it and own it.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Paul

    Although this is a very interesting article, I believe it ends too soon. During the next 10-20 years, I suspect that the exurbs will experience the same trends that suburbs have been experiencing during the past few decades. This will be especially true in areas of the country where foreclosures are rampant. Many traditional families (i.e., white with kids) are losing their exurban McMansions and are moving to rental units closer to their jobs in the city. These people are displacing some of the minorities and lower-income people, who are doing the opposite: buying cheap foreclosures in the exurbs and working in the service industries. So I believe that the exurbs are also becoming more racially and economically mixed. I have no statistics to back this up. I'm basing my comments on personal observation as one who lives near the epicenter of the housing bust. I would be interested to hear what one of the urban planners has to say about this.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  35. official

    I have a theory that since the dawn of time White People have been subconsciously jealous of the melanin we (black people) posses in our skin. This jealously has fueled the fire for their bigotry and hatred towards us since the beginning. Rewind to the beginning when we (black people) were brought to America they hated us for no reason, or simply because our customs and appearance were different from their own. Our race did not historically oppress them on a large scale prior to the slave trade so where did the origin of hate stem from in the first place? Its not hard to tell, just look at their white pale skins, they look sick, infertile and deprived of nutrients, unless they are powdered in makeup or cooked in a tanning bed of course i would be mad too.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeGenero

      Lol. Awesome. I'm done. You have to be a troll.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      they didn't hate you they simply owned you, it was a financial decision. nothing personal just business. I suppose that's why when black men make it as athletes they immediately marry a white woman? white has been the desired color since the beginning of time. The most successful societies are directly related to skin color, with whites being the best, all the way to western africans being inhabitable.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • MikeGenero

        Lol yeah look at their god Michael Jackson. Hated being black so much he tried to become white.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        Black men marry white women due to a phenomenon called self hatred, they feel that by marrying a "white woman" they have made it. simple as that and as for the white woman well she lusts the black man, we all know why. Now here is the question since one thing we can agree on is that it was business as for as slavery. Where did the hate stem from? U.S American slavery was the most dehumanizing phenomenon of slavery in modern history, so although it was business during the process white people were conditioned to hate and fear black people. Maybe because the slave owners knew they're women were sneaking out of the plantation house to get pounded.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        Contrary to poplar belief and the white wash of history Ancient Egyptians were BLACK. They were dark skinned with wooly tight curled hair. The Egyptian Civilization lasted 3130 and was the founding block for successful civilizations to FOLLOW. So this whole notion of the most successful society being looked to white is false.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D 2

        egyptians and north africans are much closer to caucasian than west african blacks, you're wrong.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • tensor

        Official ... Egyptians were of Mediterranean and Mesopotamian descent. Many slaves were of African descent (Sudan). Your version is as much a made up myth as Kwanzaa.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • njm

      hmmm interesting... your theory must go both ways... explains why black athletes always have blonde girlfriends/wives

      December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        They marry white women due to a phenomenon within black culture known as "self hatred" which was created from century's of de humanizing oppression and slavery, go Google self hatred and black psychology.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D 2

        it's not self hatred it's that white women are much much hotter than black women, can't fault a brotha for realizing that plain truth.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • tensor

        I always thought it was to get back at the white race, since all the black dudes make the white girls so miserable.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrumpyExurbanite

      Tin foil hats can be worn by all races. I hear they're half off after Christmas. Better stock up.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dave

    Who let the white fascist, supremacists in here?

    December 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      Sorry Dave, but those are facts my friend....

      December 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  37. kevin

    The flight to the suburbs and exurbs is slowing and you can see it in their higher foreclosures and greater decline in sales prices. Most of the prices in the cities and inner suburbs have held. People are simply choosing to live closer to their jobs if they can afford it and forego the long commutes.

    In Washington, D.C. the population decline finally stopped after 50 or so years. It seems row houses and old garden apartments continue to be razed for mid-rise condos and mixed-use complexes. That helps make the quality-of-life better for city dwellers. The inner suburbs are also building up and revitalizing every time you see a small 1960s home on 1/2 or 1 acre lot being knocked down to build a larger updated manse.

    The mixed-use trend will help cities by giving them more appeal. I haven't seen Whole Foods in the exurbs yet or an Audi dealership for that matter. Many of the schools in the less affluent suburbs aren't that much better than those in the inner suburbs so that is also changing the notion that moving out means a better lifestyle.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      Kevin, in the weeks after Marion Barry announced in late 1999 that he would not run for mayor again, real estate in the District shot up 5% and hasn't stopped. It's about governance and crime, my friend. Most Washingtonians have a high pain threshold, but we do still have limits.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  38. adam

    hate to say it but a LOT of crime has come to the suburbs....i wonder why...

    could it be the newer population moving into them.....

    Racists NO, this is a fact...

    December 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      well of course this is true, look at Long Island, home to Levittown the first suburb in America. Long Island used to be great, now it is home to some the most violent street gangs in America. It's no surprise that this is directly related to the growing Hispanic and black communities on Long Island.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • adam

        and our borders are still pretty much open still...

        whhhhhhhhyyyy?????????

        you see what this trash brings in our falling apart country. But we have become a nation of weak minded everyone gets 1st place, everyone gets a trophy, and everything is fair.... what a sorry society we have become.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Racist no? But basing crime because of someone skin color or ethnic background is indeed racist. Don't worry I am giving you the benefit of the doubt. ( Okay not really).

      December 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • adam

        do your research before you reply....look at the united states prison population by race.
        Hispanic and Black are the highest BY FAR more then any other race.

        I am not saying ALL blacks or hispanics are causing trouble, infact i have many friends of both races and they are very upstanding people. But please do not ignore the facts that you can easily find.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Mrs. Balkcom

    I feel I'm a productive member of society who has obtained a graduate degree and have progressed in my career. I married, bought a home and had children. My children attend private school and engage in various activities to develop them into well-rounded people. Would you welcome me into your neighborhood?

    December 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      No because your kids will emulate gangster trash and slowly erode the area.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mrs. Balkcom

        Thank you for your honesty. Sad but honest.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • davenport

      This is America, go wherever you heart tells you and your talents allow for you. Dont ever ask for permission from the unworthy

      December 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrumpyExurbanite

      Sure, so long as you aren't taking flight instruction.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Girlie

    I lived for years with white neighbors on both sides of me who were awful and obnoxious. I just moved to a primarily hispanic neighborhood and couldn't be happier. Everyone minds their own business. So I don't think that having minority neighbors is always an indicator of higher rates crime or disturbances.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      obnoxious I can live with, violent and swooning property values I can't.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • njm

      unfortunately Girlie and i'm not trying to be racist or anything but when you're in a hispanic neighborhood it typically means you are not in the most desirable neighborhoods... you can tell when you are in a good neighborhood with the good schools system because your neighbors are either white, indians or asians... just a sad fact

      December 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        Actually what Girlie says is truth. People ( mainly uneducated moronic whites) think that if a town has various ethnic people, then the place must be dangerous. Educated whites and minorities take full advantage of this. How so? By moving into those "dangerous" neighborhoods for cheaper price and living in peace in addition.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  41. F16wpnsUSAF

    I've lived in the DC Metropolitan area for about 22 years (before I spent 10 years traveling the world and spending time throughout the country), I was born and raised here and it shows as a great analogy to this article. DC is losing its minority population as housing prices and CoL are skyrocketing due to the influx of whites moving from the suburbs. It's interesting when you see the figures taken each year from the last 75 years.

    Whites started to move out of inner cities in droves around the early 50's and into the concept of the suburbs which then consequently dropped the value on inner city locations. Now you have minorities doing the same 50 years later for their livelyhood and interestingly enough, the white population is dropping in suburbs and dramatically increasing in the major eastern cities.

    I'm against using race as a distinguishing factor and instead determine a persons conduct, education and principles as the defining point of themselves, but when you see the statistics of crime and ratio and where it follows, it's painful to see.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrumpyExurbanite

      I feel your pain, and therefore live in Washington County, MD. I guess I'm an Exurban statistic...but I won't live in Hagerstown...freaking civil war relic rednecks there.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • F16wpnsUSAF

        Agreed.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  42. PeteH

    America, look what you've become...

    December 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.Smithee

      Absolutely–and as the older suburbs become apocalyptic wastelands due to the economy, we build even chintzier, new suburbs elsewhere.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. yourmom

    You know, I'm black and I'll never understand why whenever a mass of blacks move to a neighborhood.....said neighborhood ends up in ruins. It's a sad truth.

    Oh boy.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I am white, and out of no racial bias one way or the other, and certainly meaning no disrespect to you, you are absolutely correct. If only more people, of all backgrounds could see and admit, and confront the truth... only then will things begin to change for the better.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  44. jona

    what a nice picture! I suppose that was taken right before someone drove by and shot into the crowd?

    December 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Glades2

    True, Leave it to Beaver and shows like it were what some believed the suburbs to be, but as fans of the show know, it went beyond the "white bread" stigma that other shows like it focused on, and instead it concerned itself with the problems that all children and teens have – and is one main reason why the show is as popular as ever – even though similar shows have fallen by the wayside.

    As for change, yes, the suburbs have changed – but the change did not begin in this century – instead, it began in the late 1960's, when teens like Wally became the anti-war hippies of 1969. After the Vietnam War ended the suburbs settled down through the '70s, but a more permanent change began to surface by the mid-80s, and continued until the housing market crash once again changed the face of the suburbs, perhaps forever. My own thought is that the suburbs changed more rapidly following the Columbine tragedy of 1999, when people realized that the teens of suburban America were far more troubled and lost that anyone ever realized...

    December 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  46. snarks

    Thing that kills me the most is our black Americans are getting screwed over in places like California where illegal immigration runs rampant. Taking their jobs, and they all know it. Of course, taking the white man job also, but in areas where it is predominantly black, they are losing jobs to illegals and liberals bring in liberals by the busloads.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      You can't lose what you didn't have!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • snarks

        You can lose what you have though, and it can be much harder to gain a job considering an illegal possesses the one you are going for.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Liberals, liberals, liberals. It's always the Liberals. Get off your soapbox.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  47. official

    People lets not forget history

    To the 99% of white racists out there dont forget who CIVILIZED your race. As much as you hate to recognize it, the black race civilized you...white people were in caves starving living like beasts.. these are facts ladies and gentlemen

    December 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeGenero

      Oh you mean like most of Africa still lives today?

      December 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        Another idiot..America is to abundant in idiots, The US education system has really failed us all.

        Have you been to the CONTINENT of Africa? You do know there are many different country within Africa right? or did you assume and group all of Africa as one country? Furthermore are you referring to the wild animals and tribes that live in the rural sections and countries of Africa that the American Media loves to broadcast? Or are you referring to the major cities in countrys throughout africa that feature airports, 5 star hotels and restaurants, sports bars, beaches with resorts etc.

        Africa has everyy

        December 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anti-Racist is Anti-White

        You know the slave trade actually began in Africa by Africans. African tribes would go to war with one another, with the victor enslaving the loser. When whites arrived, the victors then began selling their slaves to the Whites. Eventually, the whites realized their weaponry was superior, and there was no reason to engage in business (not justifying that part, but wanted to give the unbiased facts).

        December 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • MikeGenero

        Oh I'm sorry. I forgot your name said official, so you must be better than everyone, or is that your rap name. If American schools have failed anyone, it would be the minorities. No I have never been to the CONTINENT of Africa, why would I want to go somewhere that the majority of the COUNTRIES inside are 3rd world. Oh but I guess I'm too stupid to realize that. That is pretty racist referring to black people as wild animals and tribes. I mean everyone in Africa belongs to a tribe somewhere in there lineage (oh wait I must be too stupid to know that word). Oh and by the way, seen it all over the place, the reason African countries have nice things is because CHINA own them. Nice try though.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhBama

      So, what happened to the blacks after they ran all the whites out of their caves? I guess they moved in and scribbled all their graffiti on the walls!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • ced_so_thoed

        Actually, they became athletes and celebrities and married your daughters. Haha.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        No, they invited some white women over and slept with them, the white women were so impressed by the Mandingo they bragged to all theyre friends, more and more white women came back for more. Once the white man found out his women secretly lusts for black men .. on that day the white hate for blacks began.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • MikeGenero

        LOL and you called me an idiot earlier. What a fool. Keep dreaming and your culture keeps having more and more kids without daddies. Outstanding job gentlemen. Really. Way to raise a culture of criminals.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • not-a-boomer

      amen. thank you. now, if you could only show us the way again, we would be grateful

      December 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plug1

      They hate the truth but we have to keep hitting them in the head with it.....

      December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Actually white people built Europe after leaving the caves. I completely disagree with your uneducated response. Please state these "facts" you are referring to.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • ced_so_thoed

        What did the whites do to the Indians of America and why?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        1 – The African experience of Slavery was nothing like the European concept of dehumanizing slavery..not at all..i wont type an essay a quick google search will gather those facts for you
        2- the white race were in caves Egypt, contrary to popular belief the Egypt that invent mathematics, science etc the mother of civilization Egypt featured BLACK people, that looked much similar to those you see on a day to day basis. They were not fair skinned...they were DARK black people. Ancient Greece learned everything from EGYPT, Rome learned everything from Ancient Greece

        December 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        Well I won't ask you where you learned English, because I see you are still struggling with it. However, I will pose a question to you. If my family came to the USA in the late 1940's from Poland, and I was born a white American, how can you blame me for what happened to the American Indians, and the African American slaves?

        December 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • devosays

      the problem is that your using the word "civilized" in the context of a few thousand years ago, the other problem is that for the most part blacks haven't expanded themselves beyond your view of "civilized" since then... they still take what they want, kill what they want and think shoes are the single most important thing on earth!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        Where do you live? You must live in a small hick town and get all of your knowledge about black people from FOX news. Are you kidding me, i will no longer entertain the ignorant generalizations, the amount of idiots in this country is what every one should be concerned about not the amount of so called "illegal" immigrants.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      Nonsense and completely fabricated.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  48. not-a-boomer

    ok – just once im going to comment on the ignorant media. there is no way the boomer population starts at age 45. thats people born in 1966. by definition, the "baby boom" was created by servicemen returning from the war, and settling down and starting families. a generic definition would be any period of sustained higher birth rates. look at the birth rate of the us. huge spike 1945-47, slowed unti 50, lesser spike 50 -1960. Starting in 1960 a huge drop that continues until 1975. both by definition of baby boom being war related, and birth rate spikes, it ended by 1960. simply put, even a 19 year old returning from 1 year of service in 1945 would have settled down by age 34.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. OhBama

    So, this nice black lady moves across the street in a nice white suburb five years ago. She has a few foster children, all black. They are now the scourge of the neighborhood, trashing the neighbors yards, not obeying leash laws, generally being pests. We've been as nice as we could be to this lady, but enough is enough. Get the hell out, and STAY out! Not because you're black; but because you do not have the ability to integrate into civilized living.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedric

      @OhBama! I'm black with three well behave kids living in a white nieghborhood. There is one other black family over here to with four kids. Our kids by far are the best well mannered kids in this neighborhood and often get good complaits from the neighbors over here about them. The white kids, I say between the ages of 14-18, are going around being destructive and terrorizing the neighborhood. Constantly getting complaint amoung the other white and HOA. Their parents have been confronted numerous time on the conduct of these kids. But their behavior have been somewhat like what you are describing in those black kids in your hood. I wouldn't not have made a commit until I read yours. I don't see it as a race thing, it's more a kids/teenage problem. But I started interacting with these kids in a positive way, and they respect me sooo much! and they sort of listen and toned it down a little. I bet if you did the same, you would be surprise at how they would respond. These kids don't mean no harm. A lot of them are just born and needs some positive direction from adult like you and I. Being critical and raciest don't fix problems, it only add fuel. Are you tired of feeling that way? As far as black can't be civilized...my brother, that statement is just a product of your ignorants and that's why it could never be taken seriously. By the way you write, you seem like an intellegent person, contribute that to society.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  50. GotOut

    My wife and I moved to Florida shortly after we got married. When we first moved to the Jacksonville area, we settled in the suburbs just across the river and all was right with the world. However, over time, things started going downhill. A few homicides here, some drug deals there, and before you knew it, the place was like a third world country. At that point, we had a child and decided it was time to get out. Luckily, we were able to find a home on 3 acres out here in the ‘exurbs’ for a decent price. The drive to work is long, but at least we have peace of mind now. You can cry racism, bigotry, or whatever all you want. But at the end of the day, people are not going to live in neighborhoods where they fear for their lives and/or have to send their children to failing schools. Most of us don’t move out here to the sticks because we want to. We move out here because we have to.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhBama

      And that is the issue in a nutshell. Most of us whites don't hate blacks; we hate the culture of thievery and violence that seems to be at the core of black America.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • BE

        Both of you forgot to mention that trailer parks exist, where the white folk falls down drunk and beats his wife. But who is counting this? I guess not you...

        December 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rwill

        At the core of Black America? Really? Thievery? Murder? Violence? Sounds like what you did to Native Americans, Blacks, Asians, Indians, hell, every race you have come into contact with! And now you say that violence and theivery are at the heart of a race who whites enslaved for hundreds of years and who have had to fight for every right they have gained to this point? 50 years ago, lynchings weren't uncommon, beatings and rapes of blacks weren't uncommon, unjustifiable prison sentences by racist juries and judges who refused to look at evidence (difference between cocaine and crack laws for example, when they are the SAME DRUG) were not uncommon, and now, when businesses have fled from these black dominated areas, and there are no more jobs that lead to upward mobility, no future after school because the education system in impoverished communities is broken and they can't afford college, and whites have successfully assassinated or jailed every black leader (King, Malcolm, Huey, Fred Hampton, Rosa, the list goes on and on) or silenced and demonized every positive black movement in history (Black Muslims, Black Panther Party, SNCC, even the freaking breakfast program for impoverished children was considered the "greatest threat to America'"- (Hoover))), you say that violence and theivery is at the core of Black America? I beg to differ, I would call it survival against all odds you bigot.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rwill

        At the core of Black America? Really? Thievery? Murder? Violence? Sounds like what whites did to Native Americans, Blacks, Asians, Indians, Jews, hell, every race they have come into contact within the history of the world! And now you say that violence and thievery are at the heart of a race who whites enslaved for hundreds of years and who have had to fight for every right they have gained to this point? 50 years ago, lynchings weren't uncommon, beatings and rapes of blacks weren't uncommon, unjustifiable prison sentences by racist juries and judges who refused to look at evidence (difference between cocaine and crack laws for example, when they are the SAME DRUG) were not uncommon, and now, when businesses have fled from these black dominated areas, and police (in Chicago after reconstruction for example) tell criminals that they won't be prosecuted if they commit their crimes in Black neighborhoods (TRUE STUFF), and there cease to be any more jobs that lead to upward mobility, then blacks are blacklisted by real estate agencies and forced to live in concentrated poverty (See Black Belt, Chicago) even if they had the means to get out, they couldn't, no future after elementary/high school because the education system in impoverished communities is broken and most can't afford college (even middle class suburbia struggles with this), and whites have successfully assassinated or jailed every black leader (King, Malcolm, Huey, Fred Hampton, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr., the list goes on and on) or silenced and demonized every positive black movement in history (Black Muslims, Black Panther Party, SNCC, even Democrats now for having liberal viewpoints towards the less fortunate, – even the freaking breakfast program for impoverished children was considered the "greatest threat to America'"- (Hoover)), you say that violence and thievery is at the core of Black America? I beg to differ, I would call it survival against all odds you bigot. Look at your own race's history and read a book before you make outlandish claims.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Granger

    Psst – URBAN PLANNER – I almost forgot...I wouldn't mention that I worked in the field of urban planning....obviously you're not doing your job too well with the plight across the country...so, maybe you should seek some guidance from some "quaified," individuals...

    December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Urban Planner

      @ Granger Psst...I moved across the country because I was in the Marine Corps serving my country...so my career is doing just fine...Idoit.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. TiredOf Illegals

    Great name. 🙂

    December 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Will

    How often do you hear Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, etc complain about black people all being criminals or this or that? Or, for that matter, how often do you hear George Foreman, Michael Jordan, Herman Cain, or other successful Black men complaining about how every single white is terrible? How often do you hear racist language from people who have actually made something of themselves

    Racism is the abode of losers (trailer trash, ghetto trash, etc), and ONLY losers.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROSIE

      I agree - we make our own ghetto, no matter what race we are - foreclosures are the common denominator in ghetto'd neighborhoods that once were well manicured lawns, kids plaing in the front yard, etc. Now, vacancies in homes, ghetto appearance. All for what? I hope this Congress does it job this week. If not, they do not need to go home for the holidays. They need to stay in Congres until this is FIXED. We did not elect them to NOT work and take vacations while the people of this country are unemployed, too taxed, and fed a lot of bologne by elected officials, who just want to be in office next term. HEY AMERICA, STAND UP AND TAKE NOTICE: CLEAN HOUSE NEXT ELECTION AND REPLACE EVERYONE IN CONGRESS THAT WE CAN (TERM UP NOW). LOVE IT.....

      December 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • glyder

        it won't happen in great enough numbers to matter.party orientation is still king.admitted or not.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  54. snarks

    More anti white articles from CNN. I told you people, every other day they have an anti white article OR a pro islam article OR a anti all religion but islam article. They promote racism and islam, period.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sup Bubba

      How often do you hear Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, etc complain about black people all being criminals or this or that? Or, for that matter, how often do you hear George Foreman, Michael Jordan, Herman Cain, or other successful Black men complaining about how every single white is terrible? How often do you hear racist language from people who have actually made something of themselves

      Racism is the abode of losers (trailer trash, ghetto trash, etc), and ONLY losers.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • snarks

        Thank you for agreeing with me. CNN is just that. Disgusting isn't it?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROSIE

      ok, THEN WE ALL NEED TO CHANGE SITES FOR OUR NEWS REPORTS. GO TO FOX OR MSNBC OR 'ANYWHERE' BUT HERE. AT HOME, I RARELY TURN ON CNN NOW. I DID IN THE PAST, BUT FIND IT SO BIASED AND WEIRD.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • snarks

        It really is Rosie. I watch MSNBC and FOX, and although MSNBC is full of lunatic liberals, I still don't hear all of the racist speak from them as I do CNN.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Chili

    I am of the asian descent, and I am a racist. Im not afraid to be called a racist because if that what you are labeled for being a realist than so be it. Every nation in the world as well as inner city or town is a dirty low rent area witha high crime rate. thats the truth so ya I guess i am a racist.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • HPNIII

      Hey you can't change reality, as they say if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, chances are it is probably a duck I don't care how much you wish it were not.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlackChinaMan

      Yeah, I've seen those Asians in L.A. running the drugs in Koreatown, Chinatown cruising in their rice-racers!!! I know who you're talking about!!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  56. anon

    Wow, you guys are some of the most racist idiots I have ever encountered on the entire internet. If we relied on you guys to bring our country forward and fix this crap, our country would be in the trash can in about a months time.

    If you can't look another human being in the face, and treat them like a human being, regardless of how they look, have fun getting nowhere in life.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Racist is Anti-White

      I go to an Ivy league school. I am the future.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anti-Racist is Anti-White

        (needed to amend the comment above to say that I am white, and thus was actually qualified to get in....unlike you know who)

        December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      This isn't about looks as much as actions. If you look like a hood rat you bet I am going to be cautious.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • pooh

      It's not how they look, but how they live.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Frank Smith

    Intersting to read all fo the back and forth. I used to live on an island in South Florida that was predominantly white. Now it is overwhelmingly black and you wouldn't want to go there now if your life depended on it. Crime is through the roof, so don't believe those fancy FBI statistics about crime beind down. It's BS. The picture of blacks ballroom dancing in the front yard is hysterical. As if that is any kind of reality. Anyone with half a brain can figure out that this is a story about how minority crime is changing the landscape of once safe and peaceful suburbs.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROSIE

      not only the demographics change, but how people are living now. 3 to 4 families living in one home. many many houses vacant under foreclosure with thigh high grass. Not a pretty site. Never had this with any other president. So, ghetto.....

      December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        Right, it's Obama's fault. You racist pig.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Husker-Dude

    I do not care where I live, but private school is the only place I will send my kids for an education. If there are hispanics, blacks, whites, yellows or reds there, it makes no diference. Just so long as they have a proper learning environment, which public school cannot provide anymore.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      YOU sir will be the first one PO'ed when your kid comes home beat up by a gang of blacks or hispanics. Hello McFly!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  59. TiredOf Illegals

    Coming to your neighborhood soon, if it already isn't there. Good luck! :/

    December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlackChinaMan

      Yes, and enjoying the s_x with the White women! Come on Blondie, spread em! Who's your Papi!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • BlackChinaMan

        Make dem white chicks breed like rabbits!! We're the whites only hope!!

        December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Anti-Racist is Anti-White

    This is racial genocide. Asia for Asians. Africa for Africans. But white countries (e.g. Britian, America, Germany, etc.) for everyone? Wake up and stand up for your rights. There is nothing wrong with defending your race. Other races do it daily, and we allow it, yet when we defend ourselves we are bigots. Fight back now before it is too late.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      Great post and very true!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • devosays

      but the whites have always been blessed with so much more, everything came so easy for them, they laid back and let the slaves build this country, they have never worked as hard as blacks.... they have to now pay for blacks to be lazy and illegal mexicans to live for free, tis their burden.... just kidding

      December 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        Wow, you are really stupid. You actually believe that unskilled black slaves built everything? What a moron. What inner city public school taught you this? I guess it was Blacks who invented and built everything then, right? Blacks have remained at the bottom for a reason. This country never neded blacks for anything. This country was already a mighty world superpower before the civil rights movement ever began. Get a clue.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • kim johnson

        The bible says that those who are last (african american) will be first. I believe that African Americans have been treated bad for so long because of the color of there skin. So now it is there turn to be first. They have there first African American President. All you whites see this also and you all are afraid, that is why you all are coming on this blog saying these horrible things. Sit back and watch. They are a blessed people (african American). And yes they did build houses. Hell they built the white house!! This is suppose to be your house (whites). It took a smart people to come in and do this. Again the bible says that the last will be first. Don't be scarrrrrred!!!!

        December 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • davenport

      funny but there are plentry of white people in Asia and Africa making alot of money there

      December 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      Yeap, every other race is allowed to preserve their race and live in their own areas except whites. Great post, I have no idea when white America will wake up.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlackChinaMan

      Are you advocating the rise of the Fourth Reich!! So little Hilter.... history didn't teach you a lesson or two!! See the Jews blend in with the Whites only cuz they control the worlds wealth.... Sorry, no Fourth Reich!! It is too late! Sorry, had your chance during WWII... dipsh__!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Granger

        sounds like he's saying he's proud of being white....that not allowed? Oh, I see, it's a one way street, right?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anti-Racist is Anti-White

        I'm not proposing any violence. I am simply stating that I do not support the unequal standards imposed on whites. (Also, I disagree that it is white's duty to give minorities special treamtent. How do you move forward by looking behind you progressives?)

        December 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  61. devosays

    do you ever wonder why liberals come in two classes, elite and poor as poor can be... you ever wonder why that is?

    December 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristopher

      And Republicans don't come in the same two flavors?
      What's your point?

      December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  62. bannister

    I think he got tired. It's a lot of work trying to turn every single subject into a discussion on Palin!

    December 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Granger

    I've lived all around the world...spending 20yrs in the military...and 20 yrs after that...and each and everytime blacks started moving into the neighborhood, whether it be on base or not, there was an increase in crime, noise, fighting, theft, drugs...assaults, burglary...you name it...I've moved about 15-17 times in my life and each time it's been the same result. Oh sure, you have some nice people of color, however, in general terms, the majority have no desire to assimilate into a mutual culture, they want to bring thing to them; in their fashion and desire....they have no interest in getting along with whites...so, post all you want. the truth is right before your eyes...look at any city with black neighborhoods, or anywhere where they've moved into...and you'll see higher crime statistics. it's a fact.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • devosays

      factual and true, nicely written, its not about the color of the skin but the culture behind it...

      December 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Granger – thanks for telling it like is. Unfortunately, there are some deluded people like Rob (a few posts below) who believe that a diverse neighborhood will be a bunch of constantly smiling minorities who invited him to backyard Barbeques – just like he sees on TV!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      I seen it myself and that is very true. If you say the truth, they call you a 'racist'.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidewinder

      True. +2 thumbs up.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dobb TheDobb

      That's why they invented political correctness. So this can happen, but not be acknowledged or spoken of.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      I often notice that these types comments come from older people with an agenda and outdated views of the world. Everyone seems to be focused on the black and hispanic criminal culture and negating the white trailer trash underbelly of society that does exist but oft ignored. The bottom line is no one wants to live next to criminals regardless of race.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  64. BlackChinaMan

    I love it when Whites express their Christian values online.... self-righteously judging others, but are always quick to point out their love of Christ when at Mass or Services... very hypocritical. Good sign that their demise is coming quick.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      Iove i how blacks always have to bring color into the issue...."blackchinaman,"....stand on your merits in life, not with a racial crutch.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • BlackChinaMan

        Stand in the Truth of the Word before Man and your God!! Follow his commandments and Love Thy Neighbor!!!

        December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • BlackChinaMan

        Judge not, be not judged!!!

        December 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Kinda like your black mammys holy rolling at the Baptist church and crying at your gang infested funerals.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • BlackChinaMan

        Why do you leave my white bitc_es out of it!! They there too baby! Veronica, dat aint all da money ho... come on now, I put you to work on dat street honey... give me all the money!!

        December 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeteH

      Self righteous? Judging others? Read what you just wrote and say you're not doing the same!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  65. J0nx

    Section 8 is a wonderful thing......for them.

    Section 8: destroying one neighborhood at a time.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Modern Lib

    I dont want to live near obnoxious people. In my experience poor people are generally more obnoxious then upper-middle class people. Upper-middle class people tend to be respectful of their neighbors and also refrain from criminal activity due to having full time careers.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      Hmmm....there's a curve to that; well off folks tend to be ok, but "hollywood rich,' tend to be about as obnoxious as the poor folk....btw, being a modern lib, isn't it discriminatory to pick on the poor folk?

      December 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  67. davenport

    The biggest problem we have in America is that we all are trained to see color first and to ignore economics. For several generations we have believed that if we spend our blood, sweat, tears and dollars on paying a over priced 30 year mortgaged in some over-priced suburb we had finally arriived at success. People like Mike D. fail to realize a stoke or two of bad luck, illness or a divorce and he cannot longer pay that mortgage he will find himself in poverty along side the minorites he despises. The suburbs are an illusion of financial safety, and the middle class in America is be erased

    December 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Priscilla

    I can empathize with your personal situation but generalizing and categorizing all blacks as the cause of the demise of the suburbs makes you sound like a racists. If that is what you are then so be it. If not, then let’s be realistic here. There are good and bad people in all races and certain people take pride in their neighbor hoods and move to the suburbs to create a better quality of life for their families. My husband and I both are college graduates; our children are cultured, well mannered, disciplined and on the honor roll at their respective schools. We are upstanding citizens and are loved and respected by our white neighbors. Black people are constantly put to task for the actions of the unlawful, and the behavior of blacks with a ghetto mentality. I do hope that at some point you will be fortunate enough to meet more black families such as my own which could help change your perception of black people in general.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Black Man

    White America displaying their true racist and ignorant colors on this thread. Every race has their issues white folks. Fix your own kind before pointing the finger at other races. Iv seen plenty of white trailer trash individuals with poor grammar, education, and job skills. I've also paid close attention to the media and notice that white individuals seem to be the child molestors, casey anthonys, serial killers, etc. Its sure easy for me to lump all white individuals together by making ignorant assumptions isnt it. I personally do not care if the majority of White Americans hate minorities, because i hope white america realizes that they will soon reap what they sow. The racism and prejudice towards minorities, has caused many of them to literally hate and despite white people. So i guess the feeling is mutual!!

    December 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • devosays

      your no different than the people you speak of... hypocrite

      December 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black Man

        The racism from this thread speaks for its self. I could care less about how the "majority" feels or thinks about minorities.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      You seem to have some pretty serious racial issues yourself.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • devosays

        what makes you say that? because I haven't said one racial thing on this subject!!

        December 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Me

        I wasn't talking to you.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      it's ok if minorities hate whites.it's not racism.at least that's what the progressives in the media and government have lied i mean taught us.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      glad you cleared up that only whites are racist, lmfao, i love when people like you show up, it rallies the whites back to my side.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black Man

        Not a problem, have all the whites on your side. I wasnt racist before, but yall reap what you sow. So i guess i am racist. Fine with me. As i said mutual feelings, you hate minorities, and in return i dislike whites.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • glyder

        sarcasm

        December 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • joel

      i live in camden across the bridge from philly. white people hardly exist and yes its black people killing robbing and raping what white friends i have left. your a racist and thats cool tho everyone is.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeGenero

      The reason you don't hear about black people killing children, is well, it isn't news. It is to be expected. I really don't like to make it about race, but if you want to be ignorant I guess I can dumb down to that level. Talk about race all you want, but look at what white people created, then look at Africa. What? oh that's right still living in mud huts killing each other and trying to scam old people online for money. Typical. Can't earn an honest living, got to sell drugs, kill, steal to make it. No other choice because the white man keeps you down. Well maybe you can become a rapper or athlete. If your lucky.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Black Man

        FALSE Mike, have you ever been to Africa?? Or are you basing your perception of Africa based off of what the media portrays about the continent. If you ever go to Africa you may be surprised actually, that its not all mud huts and people killing each other lmao. They have actual cities with roads ( gasps), 5 star hotels, sports bars, etc. But go ahead and keep on being ignorant as well. O and BTW, i am currently working on my J.D./ MBA. No one is holding me down especially not the white man, only thing holding me down if anything is systematic discrimination. Do some research bro, African Immigrants here in the U.S. have the highest level of degree attainment in this country. Wake up!

        December 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DRC

      Come on now. You think this forum is representive of white America? Actually racism is alive everywhere, with all people. You know as well as I that lots of African Americans are racist to Asians, Hispanics and whites, with out ever having any interaction with them. It is all economics. If you have a value system that promotes work and taking care of your family and in the suburbs your property race is not an issue.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • DRC

      And just out of curiosity, what did the white race do to you personally? Truth be told, your hate matches that off all the other racists I have met, or read or ever come in contact with, and not all were white. Yet all were consumed by hate and ignorance.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeteH

      I hate to say it, but you're showing your ignorance and bigotry by claiming that the majority of whites hate minorities...

      December 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Black Man

      Im glad i got all the white folks heated with my post! Looks like it served its justice. Theres plenty of black people like my self who are not criminals, have never been arrested, arent drug dealers or thugs, but actually the exact opposite who strive to be the best we can be for our communities! Whites do not pay attention to the engineers, doctors, lawyers, business men and women etc, but only like to focus on the downfalls of blacks in America. Trust me, as black americans we are well aware of the problems blacks in america face. But trust me, there are plenty who are striving to do better and make something out of them selves. Because an educated black citizen of the U.S. is much deadlier to the racist then those who are poisining the community killings, doing drugs, etc. So i will only use the racism against blacks as a motivation to do better for my race!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • MikeGenero

        I personally don't like being racist. I actually get along with everyone, but hate ignorance. I mean personally I don't like illegals, but that is more of a patriotic stance to protect this country. I could care less what color you are as long as you offer something to society. This country has too many people; black, white, hispanic and etc. who offer nothing. They leach off the system and never aspire too be anything. That is where the racism really starts. Anyone of any race see crime and poverty or people doing better then them in another race they get angry. When in reality they have no one to blame but themselves.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeteH

      And by the way; EVERY person reaps what they sow...

      December 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • shaan

      to add to it, whites are also known to satan worshippers.. ever heard of skull and bone, illuminati's.. and how about the rest of the world in caos because of you white trash! I don't think CNN would even publish my comments!

      December 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Rob

    Welcome to the burbs minorities! The truth of the matter is that the more integrated the burbs get, the more colorless society gets. Its no secret that we are booring as all heck.

    It will be nice to see African Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian Americans, and every other hyphenated groups of holdouts finally melt into one big group of lawn mowing, televison watching, Lowe's shopping AMERICANS.

    Cities allow for the polarization to America to continue, the wide expanse of suburbia distances you from one another and forces you to just be what you are-a middle class American.

    All I ask if you move to my suburban development is to keep your yard looking good, and invite me to the ethnic barbeques you will inevitably have on weekends. MMMMMMMMM Soul food, Mofungo, Fried rice and Baklava. Awesome.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • devosays

      why do you need to label every race but whites... racist!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Rob – you are seriously delusional. As blacks and Hispanics move into the suburbs (via Section 8 housing and other programs which allow them to do this) the crime rate increases and the overall quality of the neighborhood declines. I've seen this happen in a number of neighborhoods – first the graffetti shows up, then there's a home invasion, then the nice girl down the street gets raped. Sorry, but I'll always prefer a majority white neighborhood where I can make my own fried rice and Baklava.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • devosays

        rob probably doesn't own a gun, he probably lives on the top floor of a guarded (armed) building...

        December 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D 2

      You're living in a dream world Rob. What you will really get is skyrocketing narco crimes and violence, and sinking home values, not to mention poor education and your children threatened on a daily basis.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      hyphenated america is the problem.progressive elitists have brain washed many into wanting to keep a failed culture for the sake of thier own power.let's say someone black is conservative.uncle tom is the label given to that person by progressive trash.dividing us into tribes instead of a true melting pot will be the end of this country.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  71. devosays

    Just look at that picture, there must be 16 blacks in that front yard... probably all residents of the 1000 square foot rambler... property values in most suburbs are shrinking last time I checked, especially in the areas that diversity is blooming....

    December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  72. glyder

    it sounds like minorities moving into the suburbs are people trying to escape thier own ideas.consistently voting progressive.but not realizing it.and so the burbs will turn into what the inner city is.it's not really a matter of race,it's a matter of ideas and culture.and unless those change,the ghetto will follow.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Most "progressive states" – Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York
      Least "progressive states" – Alabama, Mississippi.

      At least the "progressive states" still somewhat resemble the First World

      December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • VinoBianco

      you say "voting progressively" as if it's a bad thing. realize that progression is inevitable, conservatives are just trying to it down. yes, one day gay marriage will be legal everywhere, marijuana will be decriminalized and the death penalty will be abolished. let's move forward, shall we? not back.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • devosays

        man, if that is progression than this country is screwed.... your a fool piece of euro trash is my guess

        December 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  73. devosays

    this is nothing but racism in reverse, the promotion of any race for the sake of diversity is just as bad as saying you hate the race your not promoting...

    December 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      yes but we all know racism is reserved for white people only.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Maurice

    To all my positive, creative succes-seeking peoples of all races and creeds, keep striving for the best you can do. Expect greatness of yourself and demand it of your children. The racists will always and have always been there, ignore them and keep moving forward

    December 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      If this is progress please don't come to my nei8ghborhood and trash it.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • behonest1

        please... you might want to talk to the white folk across the street who use their driveway as a storage and mow once a year... goes both ways V.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jove

        Veronica, if you don't repent of your hatred towards others, Jesus will definately block you from coming into His neighborhood.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • devosays

      are you as dumb as you are blind?

      December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cardfan

      That's so right...."keep striving for the best you can do. Expect greatness of yourself and demand it of your children." Don't expect others to lift you up. Do it yourself.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • devosays

        uhhhhh.... duhhhhh, but most of the Obama gang don't do that, now do they, gimmee gimmee gimmee

        December 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • davenport

      Veronica: walking right past you...

      December 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Veronica

        thank God...keep walking

        December 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Tony

    As a minority myself I see it sort of the same way as Granger and Mike D. Personally I didn't particularly care to move to a neighborhood in the suburbs where there are mostly Black and Hispanics. I purposely looked for a mostly White neighborhood. Also I looked where the real estate cost a little more. I don't want the just making it out of the hood mentality... I want my family to be around people who will think first then come up with a plan of action before reacting and wishing things weren't so bad.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • official

      What a shame...the funny thing is your neighbors are probably thinking "Pack the bags Tom a (insert racial slur) just moved next door" Oh but i bet you think otherwise because they smile when you get the paper in the morning. More minorities need to stay in THEY'RE neighborhoods and help change them..

      December 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • jwk1

        "in THEY'RE neighborhoods"

        Hey, didn't you describe yourself as an educated black man? You may be black, but definitely not educated. 🙂

        December 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Big Gipp

        stay in "THEY'RE" neighborhoods.... Idiot.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jumbawumba

        Has it occured to you that people can actually be friendly and not talk bad behind your back? You've probably had some bad life experiences and that's understandable. But just know, sometimes things really are as they seem. When someone smiles or waves at you, it is likely because they are simply being friendly and nothing more or less. There aren't racist boogeymen around every corner.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Phil

    That has got to be one of the funniest and most unreal photos for a CNN story.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Sheikh Muhammad

    Not being stereotype, but Asians(I don't mean Chinese only) are the reason the country is on top of Science and Technology.
    Look at the Faculty list of Any University Engineering/Computer Science Department and the list of PhD students.
    I believe all people who are US citizen should not be distinguished by race. It's not cool.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      Probably true but thanks to all you crappy sick Muslims, we are going backwards. Islam sucks and is the world's worst religion ever.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sheikh Muhammad

        I'm not going to answer to this, because you're always been stereotype. You just have a hard image about Islam and Muslim what media imprinted in your head. Remember Hitler and Bush was also Christian so did Anders Breivik.
        You know what, you are always good.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Jim

    Time for affirmative action for white people? I think so. Whites are the ones being screwed today.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  79. etherboy

    I was wondering why so many burbs are turning into trash laden, graffiti art, drug dealing, welfare housing areas? But this article shows me its the ballroom dancing neighbors from the city.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Bryan

    There's nothing inherently wrong with living in multicultural areas, in fact, it can be very rewarding. The last two neighborhoods I've lived in were quite diverse, but predominately white and hispanic with a little of everything else thrown in. In our last neighborhood, my middle daughter's best friend across the street was black and we're white. She was a great kid and had a really nice family. In fact, it was the white trash at two different houses that were the blight of the neighborhood, everyone else kept their homes and yards pretty well maintained.

    It's not the color of people's skin that matters. Unfortunately, it's all too frequently, how much money they make. If you live in a more affluent area, you're generally going to have better neighbors – period. Yeah, it's possible to live in an area that is poor and not riddled with crime, but don't kid yourself, if you live in a poor area, you're going to be exposed to more unsavory activities. Crime is directly correlated with socio-economic status, there is no refuting that.

    Some of the comments from overt racists on here are very disheartening.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BoBo

      You made me laugh when you said your child had a colored friend.......Dude those who are not prejudiced are the ones who don't see color. I am sure you are proud that your child made a friend from another ethnicity. Must make you feel like you accomplished something.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • official

        exacctly, more proof of my point wheter its overt,covert or aversive 99% of white people are racists...most dont even know it.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • HT

        Right, because the way to "respect" diversity is to pretend we're all blind and exactly the same in every way, and not acknowledge or learn about different American experiences, correct? How dare someone allude to the fact that White people and Black people look different from one another – and still claim to not be racist! The horror.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bryan

        The entire premise of the article is about multiculturalism in suburbia. My comment was completely relevant in light of the article. People like you just want to find something, anything to complain about and play the race baiting game. YOU are part of the problem, not the solution.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Rocky

    Yes, your correct. It isn't Leave it to Beaver out in the burbs. Blacks and Hispanics are leaving the inner city and moving out to the burbs in record numbers bringing with them high incidents of crime, poverty, food stamps, domestic violence, school violence, gangs, drugs and illegal immigration. There is no place for Ward and June Cleaver to flee to now except perhaps Antartica and Iceland...however it won't be long before the miscreants find that too and destroy it.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      So it has to do with race and not poverty?

      December 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D

      Look at Long Island, used to be wonderful little communities, now it is home to some of the most violent street gangs in the US. Just look at the demographics in the world, there is no question that whites do MUCH MUCH better on their own. Blacks and Hispanics are not capable of living in a civilized society, it's patently obvious to anyone who has the courage to look at the facts.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        That is the most racist thing I have heard in a while. FAIL.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Big Gipp

        like the whites who do so well in Appalachia?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jove

        STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT!!!! This is not a race problem. This is a SIN problem. The world is perishing, people are killing, and people are being killed. People need Jesus. Just like white people can blame minorities for ruining neighborhoods and increased theft, minorities can blame white people for destroying the economy and bringing the entire world to financial armaggedon. Then the blame game just goes on and on and on.

        If everyone was TRUE Christians, we wouldnt have these problems. Stop blaming each other and get right with Jesus before its too late.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • BlackGuy

        At least they're not Being Raped, Robbed, Pestered, or kept up all night....

        December 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • official

      Again, the hypocrisy of Americans..mostly white people is down right hilarious man, wow. So i suppose YOU are a legal immigrant? Just like the thousands of Europeans that brought diseases , pain , and suffering and slavery to the "new world" they were legal immigrants? Idiots man, if America could sell all the idiots we would clear the national debt in a day. Since one a GLOBAL scale "Minorities" are actually the MAJORITY why dont all you white people move to your own island since you fear "minorities" so much. In 20 years when "Minorities" out number white people will they still be labeled "minorities"?

      December 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D

        We did move to our own places, but you people keep following because you can't build a society on your own. Look at africa, look at south america, not one country that isn't a disaster. Look at any neighborhood in america that is 80% black and it will be among the highest crime rates in the nation.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Veronica

        We don't "fear" you...we just don't want to live your low class life style. Where's the island for white people?? Sign me up.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuckWheat

      Hey Rocky, watch me pull you racist out of you ass. Only this time...

      December 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  82. XULA96

    Mike D,

    I bet you are a young white male, poorly educated and likely don't make more than $20k a year. You either live at home with your parents are in a mobile community. You realize you are a looser but rather than take responsibility for your own state of affairs you rather sit back and blame minorities in this country for your problems....you know what I feel sorry for you because you are destine for a life of hate and misery.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D

      You would be wrong, I'm a 34 year old white male, homeowner, with two kids and a wife who makes 90K+ a year, lives in a mostly white area surrounded by mostly black and hispanic dumpholes. I'm one of the few people who loggy to keep taxes high to keep the blacks and hispanics out.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • XULA96

        LOL...you lie...someone with the kind of life you just described would have time to sit and post the kind of small minded comments you are making...That is unless your wife is making all the money and you are sitting home unemployed taking care of the kids and b!itching about unfair life is for you because of blacks and hispanics!

        December 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D

        Believe what you want dude I could care less, you have no knowledge of who I am, what I posted was 100% the truth. My wife stays home with the kids.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Susan Brown

        wow Mike D! you have all of that but can't even spell lobby right (loggy????). lol instead of spending money on taxes go buy your self an education you big dummy (fred sanford voice) hahaha

        December 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D

        It's 'yourself', one word Susan, the G is directly above the B on a traditional qwerty keyboard, what's your excuse?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • me

        you sound like a nazi. my goodness! shame on you. I am a white woman and I am ashamed of white racist goonheads like yourself. we arent living in the 1800's anymore. get real dude. america is a melting pot of mixed races.
        do not go backward in time keep move forward....

        December 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhBama

      It would appear that MikeD actually DOES take responsibility for his own state of affairs. How 'bout you homeboy? Do you even have a job? I would guess you're part of the problem, blaming everybody else for your own shortcomings. MikeD is absolutely right about neighborhoods going to hell when blacks move in. Down the road in Atlanta, white people started buying up old dilapidated houses from the black folks, then refurbishing entire neighborhoods. Now, the neighborhoods are full of white yuppie-types and the houses are worth hundreds of thousands, instead of a few thousand that they sold for. Blacks tear up neighborhoods, whites take it back and rebuild. It's just the way it is.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Enmanuel

    What this article forgets to mention is that many of the minorities such as Blacks and Hispanics living in the suburbs is due to social welfare programs and not because they can actually afford to live there. One thing I will agree with most comments here is that this is NOT a good thing. I am of Hispanic decent and I have been living in the same neighborhood and the same suburb for all my life. Because of this increasing minority population, it has actually made this once picturesque, quaint, quiet little suburb into one that is a lot uglier. They have begun drug dealing, starting some violence, etc. I think that is something that ALL of Long Island can agree on. They are only bringing down the image of what the suburbs are and destroying this peace.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dao

      It pains my left wing heart to agree with you, but you are correct. No question, section 8 housing vouchers have place poor families in neighborhoods outside their normal reach. It is not race, but poverty that is an incentive for crime. Putting a poor person at a richer man's table would offer the temptation (through justification).

      December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Nate

    This shouldn't be about race at all, it should be about culture. I'm sure there are as many hard working, respectable Blacks and Hispanics as there are lazy, bottom feeding thugs. The same can be said about whites though. I teach in a small rural area which is predominatly white. I would not want to live near the majority of the families at my school because most of them are lazy, welfare, trailor trash. Like the old Chris Rock joke goes, "There are Black people, and there are Ni@@ers, and we don't like them either." We shouldn't be discussing this as a racial issue, thats just the color of someones skin, its about the cultural and value one shares.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enmanuel

      I agree, it is about culture, and not all people from minority groups are the same, and it would be a shame to believe that. I am Hispanic, and I have been living in the suburbs all my life. I believe that the real issue is the Government running social welfare programs to get people living in horrible areas to the nicer suburbs, because they then bring that culture over with them.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • John M

        Totally agree too. I am an Hispanic ( by ethnicity) and a white (by race). these factors alone are irrelevant. is a matter of perception. The problem with some minorities is education and culture that they lack from their former countries. the do not integrate and some even just stay here to make some money, use the system and leave. they do not care about having 10 kids as long they receive money for it. some of the so called "racist" people here just are putting the facts on the table. I do not like to live with Hispanic and blacks that are not bringing the best but the worst of their cultures. Integrate, educate and stop whining and blaming society or the president for your woes!!! I live in a white neighborhood with other Hispanics that like me behave and integrate with the American way of life. they only notice my origins by my accent and never I have felt discriminated. EDUCATION AND CULTURE NOT RACE.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Modern Lib

    The only reason to spend a lot of money on a house is to ensure you have good neighbors. If you can afford to spend money to buy in an expensive neighborhood then you wont have to live next to loud riff raff.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Exactly, its like going to a club at night. One bar has a 5 dollar cover charge, the other has a 2. Which bar do you think the rift raff is going to be at.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        So do you want to price out minorities? Or just poor people?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nate

        Not all minorites are poor. And living in these nice areas should be an incentive for people to work hard in school, get an education, and be able to afford this. If not, whats the point of working hard? I don't like the term minorities, its a bad excuss. Italians and Irish at one point were seen as inferior minorites in this country. What did they do? The worked hard, assimilated into the mainstream culture while at the same time adding too it, and became American.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Modern Lib

      I dont want to live near obnoxious people. In my experience poor people are generally more obnoxious then upper-middle class people. Upper-middle class people tend to be respectful of their neighbors and also refrain from criminal activity due to having full time careers.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Modern Lib

      .

      December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  86. ced_so_thoed

    Ever since manifest destiny, you know, when the Europeans and Spaniards (whites) said F the Indians, let's take this land, America has been going down so what are y'all complaining about? Don't like it, go back to where you're ancestors came from. Haha.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhBama

      That's a very odd statement. America has been going down ever since the Spaniards came? How about America being the richest country in the world? The place where everybody in the world wants to come in order to realize freedom? And just who caused all this growth and envy? It sho waddent da black folks or dem stinkin' injuns!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  87. NicP

    People please with the "skyrocketing" crime BS. Crime is down all across America and that's according to FBI statiistics. Do your research on facts not how you feel. Even when we were in a recession crime went down AND is at the lowest since 1991. Please! You people are so easy to scare still clutching your purses at the first sighting of a black or hispanic person. Run to the backward hills of the countryside where you'll loose a tooth as soon as you pull into your dirt driveway if you want to. I'm more afraid of the white man in a suit robbing my 401k than a black man sticking me up for the $40 dollars in my purse!

    December 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      True!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jwk1

      It still doesn't change the fact that crime level among blacks is much higher than among whites. And that's the main reason white people keep moving from area to another. We want is to live in safe neighborhoods with good schools. That's all we want.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        Do you think thats because of their race? Or their economic status?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jwk1

      tekstep1, I have a first hand experience with schools. For the most part white and Asian kids do well, black lag behind. The same classroom, the same teachers, the same chances to study and get good grades. It starts with poor attendance among black kids.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • NicP

        "Same teachers, sames schools, same opportunities". Your ignoring what goes on in the household and neighborhood. Which is far more influential than the classroom. You can't teach children you can relate to and further more children that see you (white teachers) as the ultimate enemy becuase their parents are constantly complaining about the white man hatin on them. Everyone, go deeper, go back further in history to understand why where here at this point.

        December 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      People in the black & Hispanic communities don't report crimes for fear of their lives. They know that retaliation in these neighborhoods is likely...so much for crime statistics!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Bob

    This might explain why the suburbs are no longer a nice, clean, quiet, safe place to live.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D

      wish there was a like button

      December 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maryann

      U forgot 'boring'.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        wish there was a like button for MaryAnn

        December 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Sovereign117

    Well Granger, I will ignore your blatant Racist opinions, and simply stick with the arguing the facts, Crime is not caused by color, It is caused primarily by poverty, eliminate or alleviate poverty, and crime will decrease, Improve education in urban areas and the same thing will happen. Minorities are fleeing from inner city areas to escape the crippling poverty and high crime rates, so that they can give themselves and there children a better chance at a positive future. And as far as I'm concerned I'd rather have minorities trying to better themselves and there families, than a racist and generally unpleasant psychosocialist resident of main street taking to the cnn message boards to complain about issues that he or she has no knowledge of.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      Wish there was a like button...

      December 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D

      Then why once they get to the suburbs do they systematically start destroying the neighborhood, selling drugs, and committing violent and narco crimes?

      December 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        Ever heard of meth? It is the most destructive drug around today and is at epidemic levels. Guess what? Almost all users and dealers are *gasp* white. Sure its not Buffy's kid down the street that got you?

        December 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • ced_so_thoed

        Because people like you buy it from them. Where I'm from, whites use pills such as Ecstasy, Xanax, Adderall, heroin, cocaine, and crystal meth. Minorities do marijuana and crack. None of it's acceptable and I wish all drugs including alcohol and tobacco were gone. But ever since a friend of mine retired from the DEA and told me that the government lets drugs get into the country because they want certain cartels in power, I knew that this country is all about the money and whom they can control. Just like you. I bet you have a smoking or drinking habit. You go where they sell it at and can drink it at. I bet folks are tired of smelling your smoke and seeing you drunk in public. But you know what a regular person would do, move away from where its at.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ced_so_thoed

      Amen.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Then how do explain Sam Hurd. A football player who is making millions of dollars and yet still finds it necessary to sell drugs. He was not in poverty, and if he was it was his own doing.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Mike D

    I have never actually been in the presence of a large amount of black youth and NOT seen them trying to physically assault someone, screaming and cursing at people, or generally being rude nuisances and dregs on society.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      You have never actually been in the presence of a large amount of black youth. Too scared.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D

        LMFAO I grew up in East NY, if you did too you wouldn't want too live with those animals either.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        Grew up in the rural south with an African American population of 87% – and I'm white. Your little "experiences" are fully contrived.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • joel

        teak step its completely different up here,not like the south at all.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • joel

        tekstep1 sorry

        December 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        I lived in Leonia NJ for 7 years and never once felt threatened or experienced the things you made up. And the south is much more problematic in terms of race relations that the northeast. Learn to separate race from economic status. If Billy Bob from the Ozarks moved in next door, it would just as bad, or probably worse.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D

        what an idiot Leonia NJ is 2% black LMFAO comparing that to East NY or any other predominantly black area.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Dom

    Interesting how when the whites move into the previously predominant black areas the property values start to rise but quite the opposite when reversed. Well now we can't blame white flight on the degredation of our inner cities any longer.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  92. tekstep1

    I want to be stereotyped, I want to be classified.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I classify you as an a**hole then.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Bert Bigdongle

    I never saw blacks kids doing ballroom dancing in their front drive way. But every day I see them shouting obscenities and generally being rude to the rest of society. Selective reporting perhaps? You be the judge.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      How about selective perception on your part.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • HPNIII

        What about a reality check on your part !

        December 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dom

      Just goes to show...................

      December 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julious

      Crime is crime, and hard working successful people of all races don't want to be around it

      December 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Tyrone

    This must be why my house was broken into last year and my car now gets broken into now about once a month.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      You must be positive that a minority did it.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  95. ced_so_thoed

    Instead of complaining about it, just get a better job, make more money, and move away. That's what the "diversity" people are doing. They got tired of their area. They got an education. Got a career. And were able to live where you live. If you don't like it, make more money. That's the ultimate answer. It's not about being established some place and not wanting to leave. This America. Opportunity is everywhere as long as you have the money. Stop crying like babies and go out and get it. Chumps.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      well said.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  96. vinceParree

    Perhaps the whites in the suburbs will have another few decades of white flight back to the urban large cities where they first started being that more minorities are moving to the suburbs. All of the large cities used to be largely white by a very large margin.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D

      whites are gentrifying the traditional black areas in many cities, and guess what? instead of crime ridden cesspools they are some of the hottest real estate on the market.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • in the hood

        First of all I hate the word gentrify. My wife and I moved in to one of those majority black neighborhoods, which was all white at one time and we still have a crime problem it seems that the hood rats are targeting the white homeowners, just ask anyone who lives in any of the "gentrify" area of urban Atlanta.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • COOL V

      Exactly!!!! This just tells me that WHITES WILL BE COMING BACK TO THE INNER CITY. Inner city folks better hold on to their property an get ready for the BOOM!!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Mike D

    Blacks and Hispanics move to the burbs and whites will simply move to another burb, they want to live where whites do because we create nice areas, nice societies, but then they move in and turn it into a crime ridden dumphole and we have to start all over.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • awdam

      Leave it to Beavatreciaous???

      December 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Holy trolling, Batman!

      December 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      "Us" vs. "Them". Love the mentality.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • XULA96

      I guess you also think that whites are superior to all other ethnic groups too right? What's funny is you probably believe you don't have a racists bone in your body. Just Ignorant......are you also a member of the T-party?

      December 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Veronica

        It is a scientific fact that whites have bigger brains and more learning capacity.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Tailgate Annie

    Only a racist would come to the conclusion that minorities could not live a "Leave it to Beaver" happy suburban life.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      To achieve "Leave it to Beaver" there has to be a father. Just sayin.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  99. detroitburbs

    In 1992 I bought my home in a subrb just west of Detroit. When I moved in the area was safe and friendly. I never locked my car doors or even my house when I was home. Over the last 10 years or so the demographic has change quite a bit. Today my neighborhood is mostly black and hispanic. My car has been broken into countless times. My house has been broken into 4 times. My next door neighbor moved out in 1999 and advised me to do the same. I should have listened. The hispanic family that moved in lived there for about 3 years and destroyed the house. At one point I counted 13 people living in the 1000 sq ft house. It sat empty until an investor bought it, fixed it and rented it to a black family whose kids have stolen from just about everyone in the neighborhood and have been caught selling drugs right in front of the house on the street. If there were any value left in my house i would sell it and move but there is not so I now own a gun, have put bars on all of my windows and lock my car in the garage every night. Call me a racist if you like. I cannot speak to every situation and i know that not all minorities are bad and not all white people are good but these are my diret observations

    December 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D

      Definitely a typical story, it's a microcosm of the world, all white areas have the best schools, best healthcare, best societies, so the blacks and hispanics want to move there, then they simply turn it into the shame dump they escaped. White flight will always be a thing, there is no "melting pot".

      December 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      Nice. Lets just lump in all racial stereotypes while we are at it.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • joel

      unfortunately racist is what you will be called. let it go and keep stating the facts.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • XULA96

      So tell me, what happened that suddenly made all you white neighbors to move to open up so many vacancies for all the criminal minded minorities? If you had an ounce of intelligence you would know crime isn't associated with color but more with finances and education....you move into an area with poor uneducated whites and you will have the same problems.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        So true!

        December 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • etherboy

        Very true, but at least I would be able to move into a white persons house without burning it down and starting all over again.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike D

        crime statistics and the population of our national prison systems disagree with you, blacks commit a HUGELY disproportionate amount of crime. Only idiots like you want to label me a racist because I don't want to live near them based on those simple hard facts.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • joel

        thats not true at all. you will have some crime but not the rampant and complete lack of respect. i was born in mississippi and lived in the south till 12. i have lived all over but settled in camden new jersey outside philly. my knowledge on this is vast,please save the racist comments. thank you

        December 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Funny. I'm black, live between a black family and a white family, i have hispanics directly across the street, blacks next to them and Indians on the other side. Our neighborhood is of nice, middle class homes, no crime in our heighborhood, and well-kept yards. My anecdote beats yours.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Granger

    Whites moved to the suburbs for a reason; and it wasn't for blacks and hispanics to follow.....>90% of the inner city crime, and strife is caused by minorities. That's the reason Whites left. CNN is again, spinning the truth and coddling minorities....case in point, "Black in America stories..." Black this, black that....you'd think the country was 98% black. Of course, they're still riding the Black Obama train, and it's culture of street thug organizing.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julious

      Granger, get an education bigot

      December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        Bigots usually don't have an education.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Urban Planner

      @Granger......I work in the field of Urban Planning..Urban Planners work for city planning commissions, private companies, etc.....our job is to understand the trends being talked about in this article...we help cities, states develop policies, plan for future development, etc. So let me be the first to tell you..... you have no have NO idea what your talking about. You're taking a top line statistic, like crime rates, to justify racist commentary about minorities. While its true that there is a higher percentage of crimes in the inner cities.....the root cause is not the ethnic background or race of the people who live there, but the economic status of those who live there. .Every major city has a poor, predominately white area as well.....and there is statically more crime in those areas as well. Before you make such sweeping statements, you need to understand the statistics better.....I wont go in to the details of breaking down the statistics, but there are a lot more qualified people out there...much .more qualified than you.... who KNOW the issue is much more complex than race.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • tekstep1

        Well stated!

        December 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • scranton

        Very well said planner of urbans.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • J0nx

      Other than using 'it's' where 'its' belongs, I don't see any problems with Granger's post. The facts are certainly correct. I love it how everyone jumps right away on the racist bandwagon the split second they see something that is inconvenient towards their race or culture. Ignorance at its finest and is the reason why this country is in such a mess now. Nobody wants to hear the truth. Inconvenient truths are like Kryptonite to Superman in liberal America.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patrick

        You will see race problems where you want to see them. There are plenty of minority neighborhoods where crime is not a problem, but i'm sure you'll ignore them.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • J0nx

        Wrong Pat. I see problems wherever minorities tend to live. Manexico Park, Va. where I live was mostly low income redneck whites until 2005 and we did not have anywhere NEAR the issues that we have now. I don't recall seeing gang tags, blowing trash, 70% devalued homes or MASSIVE overcrowding until the illegals and section 8 lowlifes moved in circa 2005. It's certainly not a racist accusation when the facts back up the claim. Liberals always amuse me as they call me racist for complaining – from their gated white/asian community I might add. Stuff it where the sun don't shine race baiters.

        December 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Urban Planner

        If you don't see the racism in Granger's post.... then you just don't want to see it.. And as an educated minority who as live in both the deprived inner city... AND in the Mini McMansion of the suburbs....I take offense to someone making sweeping statements about me. .Just pickup a history book and see where that kind of ignorance gets you. So, his statement are NOT O.K...... they are inflammatory statements based on the misrepresentation of statistics... so nobody needs to jump on the "race bandwagon" to point out the ignorance in his commentary.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Relax buddy

        Aren't the facts always correct? lol...Well, Granger and yourself can have all the fun you want watching all those Dukes of Hazzard reruns on CMT, but, even if there was a solid point to be made about your posts....neither looks to be able to articulate in such a way that's not going to make themselves look like a grand dragon in the KKK. Just sayin'. Hate lives on the interwebs, because, it's easy to be anonymous. Happy Holidays.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Relax buddy

        Is anyone surprised to see J0nx is from Virginia? Didn't think so. All makes sense now, move along people.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Big 4 Partnership Guru

        70% devalued homes? You can thank Mr. Greenspan and the housing market crash for that. You're welcome for my sharing my common knowledge.

        December 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      URBAN PLANNER – I 've lived in countless areas that have been devalued and driven into worthlessness because of these issues, throw your government spew around all you like, there's book theory and real life experience. Your nose is in a book. As for an education, Julious, I have one, up to an MBA, and I paid for it MYSELF.....get the point?
      J0nx – thanks for the grammatical correction.....and good analogy....liberals hate the truth.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Relax buddy

        GRANGER – You're not as special as you'd like to think. Maybe the reason why you've lived in "countless" areas that have devalued is because, you are the person bringing home values down. You should relax, put down the confederate flag, and burn that worthless MBA diploma from Pat Robertson University, Tuskegee branch. It's obviously doing yourself and society, no good.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Urban Planner

        First off I don't need "book theory", to prove my point. I too have real life experience.....AND I've been working in this field for 20 years; and guess what...I have a masters to; there a dime a dozen these days buddy. And on top of all that....I KNOW what the stats REALLY mean........ I've also lived all over this county....and Unlike YOU...I can comment from both perspectives....as a minority who has lived in BOTH poor and well to do areas. The fact is, you DON'T understand the statistics....period. Neighborhood decline is multi-faceted. Neighborhood decline typically starts with some economic trigger....like a factory shut down, a company relocating, etc.......and NOT as a result of Blacks moving into the area....truthfully the property values have to fall significantly before low wage earners even start to change the makeup of these neighborhoods. So, anyone who can slam an entire race based off some top line stat is just plain ignorant. What about all the poor white communities around the country with high crime???? Explain that? And news flash, crime is everywhere...EVEN in the white suburbs....lets talk about all the meth labs in white suburbs.. And Diid you know, STATISTICALLY more rapist in the U.S. are white? Did you not that the majority of black crime is committed against other blacks...not whites???? No, you cant talk about it because ALL YOU SEE is race! So your point is mute sir....good day.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chang

      Blame yourself for where you are in the world, bet it was some white dude who sold you the house you prob don't own but thats regardless. I really hope ur computer gets stolen TONIGHT so you can't post gunk. Whatevers...The Stong survive, and the Weak Whine a lot like urself. again, Whatevers...really.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Revisionist Historian

      ^^^ Is that what your MBA is in? lol. If you are educated, then it is beyond your level of intelligence.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • martini

      I hate to admit it but Granger is right, I'm Hispanic and the term "white flight" is ...what it is, getting away from inner city trife, My own family has left inner Atlanta areas because we hated either the over populated Mexican areas, or hood enviroments, There is nothing wrong with what Granger said, my own family wanted to get away from "Blacks and Hispanics" or at least the crime infested and low class areas we where surrounded by, we are hispanic.....mind you we have lived in NY and R.I at one point we lived with a Aunt of mines that lived in the projects, we've lived all sorts of minority city dwellings all our lives as well , Other people in other countries do it as well, it's just that America is a melting pot, and because of it's own bad history with slavery, these sort of subjects will always be Taboo. If you live in the projects your trying to get out. If you move out of these situations and into the suburbs you have to know your going to be dissected if you are a minority, Your going to be looked at and have to know you need to be able to adjust to some eyeballing......as long as you carry yourself with class and don't allow the stereotypical perception to be reality.....then home sweet new home 🙂

      December 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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