by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Recent findings from the Census Bureau say that Chicago — the third largest city in the United States — has lost 17% of its black population over the last ten years while the Hispanic population has gone up by 3.3%. According to reports from Bloomberg, “demographers and political analysts say Hispanics have been ‘strengthening their financial position at a faster pace than blacks’ and have a reportedly stronger ‘sense of nationalism.'”
Being outnumbered by Hispanics is not the worry here for blacks. The real concern is the bleak outlook of their financial situation in comparison to that of Hispanics. Bloomberg also reports that “blacks earn less and are more likely to live in poverty than Hispanics.” Even more alarming is the fact that this is not simply restricted to Chicago. Blacks across the country are lagging behind with their median household income being $34, 445 while the median for Hispanic households has risen to $40, 946.
As the black community, this new knowledge should not make us angry that the Hispanic population is doing well. However, this information should make us want to do better for ourselves. That is not to say that all black people do not work hard. That is to say we should work together to help bring our people up to speed.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.