Ilhan Omar's District Named 'Worst' In United States For Black Americans
Congresswoman faces another PR disaster following Israel spat
Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar's 5th Congressional District in Minnesota has been named the worst in the US for black people, according to a new study revealed last week.
In what seems to be another PR disaster for the congresswoman, financial website 24/7 Wall Street published its study last week which looked to measure "socioeconomic disparities between black and white Americans by congressional districts to identify the worst congressional districts for black Americans."
Researchers of the study used several key metrics using data from the U.S. Census Bureau:
- Cost of living-adjusted median household income
- Unemployment and poverty rates
- Educational attainment
- Homeownership rates
The data revealed Omar's district has the greatest socioeconomic disparities between white and black Americans of any congressional district in the U.S.
"Black area residents are about four times more likely to live below the poverty line than white residents, and three times more likely to be unemployed," the study said.
"Disparate outcomes along racial lines in the district are largely the legacy of historic racism," it added.
"Minneapolis is one of several Midwestern cities that enacted restrictive housing covenants and exclusionary zoning policies in the early 20th century."
"These policies impact residential patterns to this day."
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Each of the five worst districts for black Americans is represented by Democrats.
What is more ironic is 25 of the worst 30 congressional districts for black Americans are represented by democrats, according to the study.
The researchers also discovered that many of America's most segregated cities are within the same congressional districts that have increased levels of racial, socioeconomic disparity.
In contrast, the American economy is producing more jobs than ever for younger African-Americans under President Donald Trump.
The unemployment rate for African-Americans between the ages of 16 and 19 plummeted to 17.7 percent, the lowest rate since government records began in n the early 1970s.
According to the most recent data from the Department of Labor, a total of 762,000 young African-Americans had jobs in July.
That number is the highest on record.