What Michelle Obama Leaves Out About ‘White Flight’

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by Larry Elder,

from Right & Free,

Michelle Obama recently complained about “white flight” in her old Chicago neighborhood. By “white flight ” she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black.

My family was the second black family to move into my South Central neighborhood in Los Angeles. We moved there in 1959 … For one semester, I attended Washington High, a high school that still had a fairly large white student body, perhaps 50%…

My childhood neighborhood also saw “black flight.” Concerned about the declining quality of schools and neighborhood crime, some families moved out. No doubt, much of the “white flight” that Michelle spoke about and I witnessed was due to a bigoted fear of blacks. But she paints an incomplete and unfair picture by attributing the “flight” solely to racism.

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