Erie named worst city for African Americans

Erie is the worst city for Black Americans to live, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Erie Resident Frank Stovall said, "All that stuff don't discourage me; because everywhere I go, if I meet just one black in a high position that inspires me."

The financial new organization’s article said that “no major metropolitan area has greater racial inequalities across major social and economic outcome measures.”

The report states that 47 percent of Black Erieites live in poverty versus 24 percent, nationally. Meanwhile, just 12 percent of whites in Erie live at or below the federal poverty line.

"We know the statistics exist,” said Edison Nicholson, program director at Youth Leadership Institute. “We have just failed to do something about them."

Nicholson said black communities often do not have access to the same resources as predominantly white communities.

"If there's some inequalities, then blacks don't have the same opportunities afforded others."

Some people believe that when institution limit opportunities, people can create their own.

Erie resident Tiffany McCloud, an entrepreneur, said, "As an African-American woman, I had to create my own opportunities. I had to go to school and become educated in order to land the positions that I did when I had my job with the federal government."

Nicholson agreed that education is an important tool for beating the odds.

"I think what we need is a comprehensive plan to boost economic plan here in Erie, Pennsylvania, and I think it starts with the community college concept,” he said.

The second worst city in the United States to live was Peoria, Illinois.

To read the article, visit http://247wallst.com/special-report/2017/11/03/the-worst-cities-for-black-americans-2/3/.
 


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