“Some of my best friends are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Immigrants, or Gay, so how could anyone ever accuse me of being a bigot or racist?“
A recently released national study claims that a person will hear that historically and notoriously bigoted and racist statement in Trenton, NJ, than anywhere else in New Jersey!! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! According to the website World Population Review https://worldpopulationreview.com/the city of Trenton-with a population of about 91,000–and roughly only 8,500 of those residents being White and the remainder, African-American, Hispanic or something else–is the 12th most racist city in the country! Really?
The website used a variety of statistics, including geographics, algorithms, household income, unemployment rates, homeownership rates, entrepreneurship, educational levels, and data from other sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and educational levels, in determining the disturbing list.
I was deeply troubled by the findings for a few reasons. First, as someone who grew up near and hung out in Trenton back in the day, I don’t recall experiencing any blatant racism. And as a journalist that has covered and written extensively about business, politics, and crime in Trenton for more than 20 years, I’ve lived and worked in other places where racial injustice was far more pervasive and palpable.
In an even stranger twist, the list ranked the cities of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, as the most racist city in the country. Ouch again! As someone who lived and went to college in Iowa, albeit nearly 40 years ago, the twin cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls were and still are the two most culturally diverse cities in the entire state of Iowa–in other words, that is where most of the people of color live in the Hawkeye state!
At any rate, I reviewed the report, smirked, chuckled, and then laughed out loud LOL!. Amazingly, not one state or city in the top 15 of the list was in the South. When I think of historically racist towns and states, I think about places like Harrison, AR, Jackson, MS, or Shelby County, Ala. Somehow, Trenton, NJ, Waterloo, IA, or Milwaukee, WI–which ranked as the second most racist city in the country– don’t come to mind.
Editor’s note, 5/22/23, 2:32 pm: An additional link has been added to the story to clarify how the list of “Most Racist Cities in America 2023” was determined by WorldPopulationReview.com