VIBE: I’ll lead you to the article that follows as long as you promise you won’t allow your biggest take away to be based on one former Oaklander’s (Stephen Shaw) experience.
The there’s this statement — “African American ministers and politicians point to a variety of factors that have led people to leave Oakland for cities like Stockton, Fairfield, Antioch and Sacramento. A lower cost of living, the lure of jobs, frustration with schools and the search for safer communities all played key roles.” All this amongst an ongoing
Also, a caption on one of the article’s photos states, “Many African Americans have left Oakland for the suburbs.” Oakland has suburbs. They’re called the Oakland Hills.
Oakland, whose thriving African American community for decades shaped black identity for the nation, lost nearly a quarter of its black population in the past decade, U.S. Census data shows.
Now, Oakland has nearly as many white people as it does African American. It also has nearly as many Latinos.