After Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), joined pro-illegal immigration Democrats like Rep. Ilhan Omar in their criticism of the overflowing detention centers on our southern border, President Trump struck back. In a tweet, President Trump told the Rep. Cummings that he should focus on cleaning up his own “rat and rodent infested” district before criticizing the detention centers rung by our U.S. Border agents.
Today, it was revealed that Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district came in at #22 on the list of the top 30 worst congressional districts for Black Americans. Democrat presidential candidate Tim Ryan’s OH district came in at #23. But the lawmaker whose district won the top honor for the WORST district in America for Blacks is none other than the anti-Semitic, Somalian immigrant, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Over 37% of Blacks are unemployed who live in Omar’s 5th Congressional District, and less than 20% of Blacks in her district own a home.
According to 24/7wallst.com– Decades have passed since the end of the Jim Crow era in the United States. While segregation laws are no longer on the books, the legacy of the century-long period, which followed hundreds of years of institutional slavery, is evident across the country as wide socioeconomic gaps exist along racial lines.
Nationwide, the typical black household earns about $25,000 a year less than the typical white household. African-American workers are also more than twice as likely to be unemployed as white workers. Disparities such as these are not even across the country, however, and in some areas, socioeconomic gaps along racial lines are far greater.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 24/7 Wall St. created an index to measure socioeconomic disparities between black and white Americans by congressional districts to identify the worst congressional districts for black Americans.
Several of the congressional districts on this list fall within some of the worst cities for black Americans. But unlike cities, towns, or counties, congressional districts are not managed by a central municipality. Because the typical congressional district represents about 700,000 people, districts vary in geographical size depending on population density and can span multiple cities or be encompassed within one city. No matter how large they are, the one thing residents of a given congressional district all share is the representative they send to Washington D.C.
To determine the 30 worst congressional districts for black Americans, 24/7 Wall St. created an index consisting of six measures to assess race-based gaps in socioeconomic outcomes in each of the nation’s congressional districts. Creating the index in this way ensured that districts were ranked on the differences between black and white residents and not on absolute levels of socioeconomic development.
The seven measures — cost of living-adjusted median household income, poverty, adult high school and bachelor’s degree attainment, homeownership, and unemployment rates — are five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey. To better represent the actual disparities in purchasing power in these districts, all income figures referenced are adjusted for cost of living according to the district’s state using regional price parities from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Here is the list of the 30 worst districts for Blacks in America, along with the name of their elected United States Representative for each district and their political party affiliation. Not surprisingly, 25 of the 30 districts who are failing Black Americans are run by Democrats.
1. Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Ilhan Omar (Democratic Party)
Poverty rate: 37.2% black; 9.4% white
Unemployment rate: 12.3% black; 4.0% white
Homeownership rate: 19.8% black; 63.1% white
Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District covers the city of Minneapolis. Rep. Ilhan Omar was elected to represent the district in 2018. She is the first refugee and Somali-American woman ever to serve in the U.S. Congress.
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. Disparate outcomes along racial lines in the district are largely the legacy of historic racism. 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.
2. New York’s 25th Congressional District
Rep. Joseph D. Morelle (Democratic Party)
3. Illinois’s 17th Congressional District
Rep. Cheri Bustos (Democratic Party)
4. Illinois’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Danny K. Davis (Democratic Party)
5. Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Gwen Moore (Democratic Party)
6. Ohio’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Steve Chabot (Republican Party)
7. Ohio’s 11th Congressional District
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (Democratic Party)
8. Florida’s 21st Congressional District
Rep. Lois Frankel (Democratic Party)
9. New York’s 26th Congressional District
Rep. Brian Higgins (Democratic Party)
10. Ohio’s 9th Congressional District
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Democratic Party)
11. Georgia’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. John Lewis (Democratic Party)
12. New York’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (Democratic Party)
13. New York’s 13th Congressional District
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (Democratic Party)
14. Michigan’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Daniel T. Kildee (Democratic Party)
15. Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (Democratic Party)
16. New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (Democratic Party)
17. Illinois’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Bobby L. Rush (Democratic Party)
18. Florida’s 14th Congressional District
Rep. Kathy Castor (Democratic Party)
19. Illinois’s 13th Congressional District
Rep. Rodney Davis (Republican Party)
20. Illinois’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. Mike Bost (Republican Party)
21. Arkansas’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford (Republican Party)
22. Maryland’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Democratic Party)
23. Ohio’s 13th Congressional District
Rep. Tim Ryan (Democratic Party)
24. Florida’s 26th Congressional District
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (Democratic Party)
25. Michigan’s 14th Congressional District
Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence (Democratic Party)
26. Missouri’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. William Lacy Clay (Democratic Party)
27. Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham (Republican Party)
28. Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (Democratic Party)
29. Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. James A. Himes (Democratic Party)
30. Florida’s 24th Congressional District
Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (Democratic Party)
Is it Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s fault that her district is the worst in America for Blacks, or should elected Democrats at every level of government be held responsible for abandoning Black Americans in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district?
According to SFGate– The Minneapolis City Council voted last Friday to eliminate single-family zoning, and instead, allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units — like duplexes and triplexes — in every neighborhood. Minneapolis is believed to be the first major city in the United States to approve such a change citywide.
The decision came as part of a sweeping plan to propel the city into the future by addressing issues like housing, racial equity, and climate change. The plan, called Minneapolis 2040, drew thousands of public comments, “Don’t Bulldoze Our Neighborhoods” yard signs and a last-minute lawsuit, but ultimately passed on a 12-1 vote.
It will now go to a regional planning agency for review. City officials expect the zoning changes to go into effect sometime next year.
The Minneapolis City Council is made up of 12 Democrats and one Green Party member — success there could offer one model of what is possible.
Is the Minneapolis City Council struggling to fix racial inequality and climate change, or are they attempting to fix a lack of housing for the exploding Somali population who tend pack multiple families into one single family home or apartment?
The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have been dubbed the Somali capitol of the United States, boasting a Somali population of 60,000 persons.
Jeffrey Dishinger wrote about the need for more housing options for the exploding Somali immigrant population in Minneapolis, citing the increasing number of Somali immigrants in Minnesota and the demand for affordable housing that increases since many of the Somali families in Minneapolis make so little money. In his research, Dishinger discusses the difficulties Somali immigrants face in finding housing, as the size of their families tends to be larger, and how it’s uncommon for extended family members to all be living together in one home or apartment. He also warns about the supply of available housing not being able to meet the demand for housing for the massive immigrant population.
Only two years ago, we shared a stunning story about a mob of up to 30 young Somali men who paraded through one of Minneapolis’ more upscale neighborhoods, yelling disparaging comments and terroristic threats against homeowners.
A female resident of the neighborhood, obviously shaken in a TV interview, related how she was screamed at by a Somali man who threatened to kidnap and rape her.
“They were screaming at the house that they were going to kidnap you and they were going to rape you,” one Minneapolis resident told KSTP TV. “It was a very traumatizing experience.”
Somalis living in Minneapolis are almost all Sunni Muslims, and residents of the Lake Calhoun area say this isn’t the first time a group of Somali men has made an intimidating march through their neighborhood, which is filled with million-dollar homes.
How well are Somali immigrant assimilating in Minneapolis?
Ami Horowitz, a thought-provoking filmmaker took to the streets in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN to talk a variety of Somali Muslim immigrants and get their thoughts on America and how they view Americans who don’t hold their same religious views.
Ami posed several questions to a large variety of random Somali Muslim immigrants. He asked young boys, teenagers, middle-aged men, and even an older woman their thoughts on how they felt about living in the United States, and if they’d rather live back in Somalia. Horowitz also asked if they would prefer to live under Sharia Law or American laws. Their answers may surprise you.
The most shocking part of the video, however, comes near the end when Horowitz begins to discuss freedom of speech in America. While one of the men being interviewed talks about how great it is to be in America and to be afforded rights like freedom of speech and freedom of religion, every single Muslim respondent believed that free speech is great unless it involves criticizing the prophet, Mohammed. Horowitz took his question a step further and asked if was okay for Muslims to use violence against someone who disparaged or insulted Mohammed. Every Muslim he asked, believed that using violence, including killing a person who criticized or mocked Mohammed, would be justified.
Muslim US Congresswoman-elect, Ihlan Omar (D), is a Somali immigrant who was elected to replace the former Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN). Only six months ago, the disgraced former DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison, spoke at the Minnesota DFL convention, where mocked the idea of having work requirements for those that receive welfare benefits. This is the same guy who thinks it’s a great idea to give people a “basic income” no matter what they do so they can “do other things”.
Is Minneapolis lost? Will decisions made by progressive Democrat lawmakers (Socialists) at the local, state and federal level keep the black community dependent on government handouts?