Black Discrimination up North? No Jobs for Blacks?
NORTH-EAST — AMERICA — America is the melting pot of the World. Most of it, anyway. If you are black some states would rather ignore you. As you may think, are we talking about Southern states? No, we’re talking about some Yankee states. Keep in mind the voting record of these states is overwhelmingly liberal democrat. Coincidence, maybe or discrimination?
According to the Census Bureau, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire all have mostly white populations — in fact, at least 96 percent of the population of each state is white.
As per John Tucker of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vt., African-Americans think that it’s difficult to live in these states. Tucker said the small number of other than the white race deal with an absence of openings for work and social offerings keep minority populaces away.
Breaking the Color Barrier of Discrimination
Tucker, an African-American himself, said being black in Vermont today is like being Jackie Robinson when he broke baseball’s color barrier.
“They are evaluated differently,” he said. “They’re put under great pressure and that certainly happened to Jackie Robinson for the first two years after his entry into baseball.”
He said blacks who move to New England are pioneers, much like the baseball great.
“Some of the most courageous people in America are these small black communities that exist in rural outposts, who are trying to pave the way for growing diversity,” he said.
One theory for the lack of diversity in the region: northern New England didn’t have the same kinds of industries that drew African-American workers from the South in the 1930s and 1940s.
The 10 Whitest States
In all, 10 states are more than 90 percent white, including the three northern New England states, West Virginia, Iowa, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Kentucky and North Dakota.
Maine tops the nation with 96.9 percent of its population described as white, while 96.7 percent of Vermont and 96 percent of New Hampshire are white, according to the census. All three were at least 98 percent white in the 1990 census.
Hawaii, Mississippi, Louisiana, Maryland and Georgia had the smallest percentage of whites, according to the census.
“Discrimination”, Credit unknown
Full results of the 2000 census are being released piecemeal.
ABCNEWS Radio contributed to this report.