Why are there emergency managers in cities where African-Americans are the majority?

Why are there emergency managers in cities where African-Americans are the majority?

Photo by Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

Photo by Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

I’ve always enjoyed reading Bridge Magazine and admiring its writers’ ability to transform data in readable, though-provoking pieces. Sometimes they raise questions I hadn’t thought to ask. Other times they answer the question everyone wants to ask.

In a piece earlier this month, Bridge explored why it’s been six majority African-American municipalities in Michigan (Benton Harbor, Detroit, Flint, Highland Park, Inkster and Pontiac) that have had emergency managers appointed by the state or signed a consent agreement to avoid such an appointment.

Why are these communities not reflecting the promise of the historical racial progress of earlier eras that saw rising African-American family incomes, desegregation of neighborhoods and equalizing access to housing, jobs, education and health care?

 
Click here to read how Bridge answers that question and more in the full report.