#3 Minneapolis, MN: For many, owning a home can build wealth, stabilize families, and build connections with the community. But here, not only have housing prices risen quickly, but if you’re Black you’re THREE times less likely to be able to own a home.
#4 Atlanta, GA: Atlanta is home to the Centers For Disease Control, The American Cancer Society, and two major medical schools. Yet our people here suffer some of the highest rates of deaths from cancer in the nation! A lack of access to health care creates over a decade’s difference in life expectancies in this city.
#5 Chicago, IL: In Chicago, Black people are SIX times more likely to be murdered by police officers!
It’s dangerous to be Black, period. That these statistics persist in these cities is the legacy of a long history of racist discrimination. We must continue to cultivate and support the development of Black entrepreneurship, Black ownership of land, and justice if these and other American cities will ever be places we can truly thrive!