Where Do We Go From Here? Part 2: Texas

Texas is

The #2 state for African American populations

3,409,917 people

– The state with the most collective “Fastest-Growing churches in the US”

– Texas is ranked #2 in black spending power with estimated spending of over $85.7 billion dollars

-Texas is the #2 State for women-owned businesses and one of the top states for minority owned businesses > 155,000 with revenue of over $2.7 billion dollars

In Dallas

Population

– Since 2000, more than a 200,000 people have moved into the DFW area making it the 2nd fastest growing area for African Americans

– DFW is the home of close to a million African Americans 950,196. Approximately 286,275 live in the city of Dallas

– Dallas is one of the fastest growing markets for female owned firms

– The population breakdown of Dallas is 55% north and 45% south; and the tax base is 85% north and 15% south

A recent article written by D Magazine talked about the challenges of being a black professional in Dallas and noted the following key points

– It’s hard to find other black professionals that live in the same area and socialize near their home/work (in Dallas proper).

– A large number of highly educated professionals that move to Dallas eventually leave

– Many top executives are recruited in and less have the opportunity to climb the ranks at their company

Here are some key things that I have noticed:

– In 2014, people of color are often denied access to local bars, restaurants, and nightclubs

– There is one historically black college with a population of 270 (compared to Texas Southern University with close to 10,000 students).

-South of downtown, there are few high rise businesses and no AMC movie theaters between downtown and I-20

– Most people commute downtown or to suburbs for work

– The schools in the feeder patterns with the largest African American student population need help educating young students (community engagement, parental involvement)

We tend to look at success through a narrow window. This is why many great stories are never told.

Hundreds of homes have been purchased by African Americans with millions of dollars in interest not matriculating into communities because Dallas black banks are not fully in the economic cycle of home buying.

The Dallas market is the number 2 market for black spending, but what do we have to show for this?

The Dallas market is the number 2 market for black spending, but what do we have to show for this?

Is the African American community still a community? or a dispersed network of people fighting for survival like crabs in a bucket?

Chaos or Community? Let’s figure out how to answer that question.