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Can Brooklyn's historical black Congressional district survive?

Monday, December 05, 2011

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In our first installment examining how the decennial redistricting process affects—and is affected by—ethnic and racial communities of interest, we took a look at Queens’ growing Asian community who are calling for more opportunities to be part of the political process. We made our own plurality Asian Congressional district, which brought up the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the role it’s played in New York City politics.

Few communities have benefited more from the VRA than the black community. While Harlem has been cast as the symbolic center for black politics in New York City, the real epicenter of black political power is Brooklyn. It has been, and remains, the borough with the largest African American, Caribbean and continental African population.

But as with the rest of the city, Brooklyn’s black population is in a state of flux. A number of external and internal forces have reduced the relative and absolute population of people of African descent, and the trend lines going forward indicate a city that will continue to be less black. The waning size of the black population—sooner or later—will have a corresponding effect on black political power in the city.

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WNYC News

New Census Figures Reveal More Seniors, Fewer Kids in City

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The latest census figures show New York City has far more baby boomers and seniors and fewer children.

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WNYC News

CENSUS 2010 | Mapping Changes in the Five Boroughs

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Census 2010 figures for New York City and the state were released and will serve as a guide to drawing congressional and legislative districts throughout the state. Check out changes in the city by population and racial break-down — click, zoom, embed and play around with WNYC's official Census 2010 interactive map.

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