The City Is the Black Man's Land

  • James Boggs
  • Grace Lee Boggs
Keywords: Race, Inequality


Population experts predict that by 1970 Afro-Americans will constitute the majority in 50 of the nation's largest cities. In Washington, D.C., and Newark, N.J., Afro-Americans are already a majority. In Detroit, Baltimore, Cleveland, and St. Louis they are one third or more of the population and in a number of others, e.g., Chicago, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Oakland, they constitute well over one fourth. There are more Afro-Americans in New York City than in the entire state of Mississippi. Even where they are not yet a majority, as in Detroit, their school children are now well over 50 percent of the school population.