Ricci v. DeStefano: Political Power Shift to Occur Due to Decline in White Population; Similar Political Shift Occurred in Richmond, VA

The Supreme Court held oral arguments for the Ricci v. DeStefano case on April, 22, 2009 (use the search box on the right to find my previous posts about the Ricci v. DeStefano case).

Another issue of the case is the ongoing population shift occurring in New Haven. Examining the U.S. Census data on New Haven, the city is experiencing a decline in the number of Whites who live in New Haven. As a result, New Haven will become majority Black sometime in the future.

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New Haven, CT
1970
(128,751)
1980
(126,109)
1990
(130,474)
2000
(123,626)
White

91711

78326

70263

53723

Black

35606

40235

47157

46181

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

A similar situation surrounded the City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson case (a case cited in many amicus curiae briefs). In this case, Richmond had a new Black majority (a fact cited in the Court’s majority opinion). The transfer of political power, occurred as the White population left Richmond.

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Richmond, VA
1970
(239,364)
1980
(219,214)
1990
(203,056)
2000
(197,790)
White

136478

104743

88028

75744

Black

101941

112357

112122

113108

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
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