Census 2010: Orange County African-American Community Increases in Size, Still Embarrassingly Low

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The figures from the 2010 Census that are freaking the Know Nothings out is news that the gabacho population shrank in size in Orange County, while wabs increased (as always) and Asians increased even more as a percentage. But the only figure that truly interested me was the number of people identifying as African-Americans, historically the largest minority in American cities but something of a numerical cipher here due to a history of segregation and the Klan.

You'd figure by now, with Orange County truly being a suburban paradise, with Los Angeles County's traditional African-American communities emptying out, that we'd finally lose our status as the only Top 25 metropolitan area in the U.S. with an African-American community of less than 5 percent, a percentage we've traditionally not even come close to reaching. And we're still not even close to approaching that pathetic figure.

The 2000 Census showed that 58,823 people identified themselves at least partly as African-American; that number constituted an abysmal 2 percent of the total population of Orange County. And the 2010 Census figures are hardly better.

Although the overall population did increase by nearly 10,000 for a total of 67,708, OC's African-American community still stands at a miniscule 2.2 percent of our total of more than 3 million. And given our recent brushes with African-American issues--a dumb-ass surf shop offering a discount on all black items in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and UC Irvine offering a chicken-and-waffles special that same day--I doubt itll ever get much bigger than that. Sad.

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Sfradue
Sfradue

I'm black and I can't wait to move to the O.C. I really don't care about what race I'm around, I get along well with all.

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Vagrant
Vagrant

I live in Orange County because that's where I chose to live. If more black people choose to live in Orange County, then the demographic percentages will increase. In the meantime, how is it the fault of white people who live here that black people haven't chosen to live here? I mean, you choose where you want to work, where you want to live, and if you have the money to buy or rent that location, then do it! Equal housing and employment laws aren't suspended in Orange County, so if some people want to live here and others don't, why does that make our demographic "abysmal"? Variety is great, but I'm not forcing black people to move to Costa Mesa so GA can feel better about the spread.

Guest
Guest

As someone who moved to Orange County four years ago from a very different place, I have to tell you: It's freakin' scary here.

The gated communities for one. THAT'S creepy. I totally understand why, I mean, if I had kids I would want to make sure they stay safe too, but I have never in my life lived in a gated community, and the sight of so many here makes me feel uncomfortable. Not saying you do it intentionally, but it's my natural reaction because I'm not used to it. It's like, who are they trying to keep out though? The vandals? Because chances are they are coming from inside your neighborhood.

And then there's the shopping centers. I have never seen so many agitated, bitchy white people in my life. Not saying they are all bitchy! But there are a lot of people who just get genuinely angry over really small things. For instance, my friend accidentally took someone's spot, not seeing that they were waiting for it, and when they got out, two white men were yelling at her and calling her a bitch! I mean, maybe it is where I come from, but to me that is so inappropriate.

Or the suburban kids that hang out at these shopping centers after school and have the biggest attitudes ever! What I say next is not fair, and I will admit that but I gotta say it. Every single time I see these kids, and I see how they are acting, I go, "Where the hell are your parents, and why have they not taught you manners?!?"

Or going to a bar that has a reggae night and the place is filled with 40+ years old white people who are so tanned with spots that they are starting to look like cheetahs and are bumping and grinding on the dance floor. I mean, I understand needing to get your groove on, but I just gotta express that this is what I frequently run into when I try to explore the nightlife of Orange County. Hence, I stopped going out.

It's just weird, that's all I can really tell you. Granted, I don't know all of Orange County, only southern Orange County, but if you really want to know why African-Americans aren't moving here, it can probably be summed up like this: People that live in Orange County are weird as shit and scary as fuck.

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Ihateusc
Ihateusc

yeah, i'll let all you liberal whites go live with the blacks and mexicans.. i'll stay in my racially homogenous neighborhood with its 60% white and 40% asian population. how much you wanna bet my kids beat yours in any academic endeavour?

Guest
Guest

I bet your kids are smart. I totally mean that by the way, not as a smart ass comment.

It's just really sad though, because even if they've got the brains, it doesn't make up for the fact that their father is a bigot.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You, kids? Sorry, but your family in the Sims doesn't count.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I just want to point out that you are still being a pinche' pollo and not addressing my post.

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909Jeff
909Jeff

Gustavo,

Your silence is deafening!

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

jeff, you got gustavo all wrong... you see, he really really wants to be white, but his funny accent and goofy last name makes him out to be a beaner.. it doesnt help that his compadres are the dumbest crreatures to walk God's green earth and constantly do embarassing things like raping 5 year olds and spray painting walls as a form of "art".... gustavo, like most of his countrymen, dont like jews or asians because they succeed despite discrimination while mexicans continue to wallow in the crap bc they are too stupid to realize that the whole world is laughing at them...truth be told, they hate blacks as much as anyone else, but they are in the same boat as them and the mexicans want to reach some kind of racial nirvana with them on top.. aint gonna happen when your people are as smart as a rocki.. lol at mexicans

Guest
Guest

You are the reason I am scared for the future of this country.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yes, I hate Jews SO much that I started my journalism career with them at the Jewish Journal and still talk with them from time to time. Man, you have no life...

Eagle over cactus
Eagle over cactus

You see, some of Gustavo's best friends are Jewish so that settles it. He's clean! Now back to bashing Guatemalans.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

sooo... you just hate whites and asians then? got some jealousy going on? typical mexican... cant succeed in life and bitching bc other people are passing them by...

how much do they pay you at oc weekly? wanna borrow some money? i'll give u some money, get your shinebox boy. loll

SexyLatina
SexyLatina

--a dumb-ass surf shop offering a discount on all black items in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and UC Irvine offering a chicken-and-waffles special that same day--

*******LOL, LOL, LMAO!!!! HAHAHAHAHA THIS WAS PRETTY FUNNY********

909Jeff
909Jeff

Gustavo,

Your writings reek of hypocrisy...

Your currently engaged in a smear campaign to paint everyone (and by everone you mean white) in Orange county as a racist. From our towns Humble beginnings "Profiles of OC Pioneers Who were Klan Members". To the current, "Why are People Surprised Orange County Has Anti-Muslim Loons". Not that I make it a point to agree with Mitchell but he does make a great point.

So, blacks increase and you whine about it (on their behalf, not that anyone is asking), and whites decrease and we don't have the right to be concerned about that? What other population group is being asked to commit demographic suicide -- and like it?

Look at this article alone. "Census 2010: Orange County African-American Community Increases in Size, Still Embarrassingly Low" And positioned right next to the title is a nice picture of a Klan member. Perfect! Of course, why would any African-Americans WANT to move here after reading your glowing albeit skewed reviews of our diversity and tolerance?

You see Gustavo you are a flat out instigator. You defend Mexicans, of course because that’s your people. Muslims, because 1) you wouldn’t want to be "perceived" as being a racist yourself , and 2) Added bonus, you can be a complete contrarian to the "white" people who were protesting the poor Muslims. Because we all know they have never done anything to warrant any level of scrutiny, and if you dare raise an eye-brow to the attempt by some Muslims to bring Sharia Law to the U.S. then you are an uneducated bigot. And now as added fuel to the fire you accuse all us "Crackers" of hating blacks because of some ill-advised Jabs at Black History month.

You’re track record on these postings is far from spotless. You yourself use derogatory slurs towards whites, which you usually get away with it because most people won’t call you racism towards whites. When someone does call you to account you hide behind your “Journalistic use of satire”. In the last two weeks the Jews have taken some heat on the message boards about the Muslims. Yet you remain silent on the racism toward the Jews. That however didn’t stop you from trying to call me out for not addressing racist comments made on those postings about the Muslims. I also don’t recall seeing you commenting on Asians either, I’d have to assume you don’t like them either since the OC Asians tend to vote Republican, and from what I can tell there is not much worse to you than a Republican. Except maybe a White OC republican.

So what have you Gustavo? Admit it. You’re an ethnocentric white hating, Jew loathing, Mexican aren’t you? You are too prideful to Ignore me but your response will likely be more of the same Ad Hominem. When all else fails attack the messenger and not the message!

NoSoyRacista
NoSoyRacista

Well said, 909Jeff. Stay tuned for Gus' one-liner response that addresses absolutely none of the points you have made. I predict that Gus will either say: 1) you are the real racist, or 2) ignore your post and address my response to your post instead.

Nonetheless, I think your response was well written and perhaps you should do a copy+paste to all of Gus' future racist rants until he finally gives in and addresses your points.

SexyLatina
SexyLatina

wow...... Amen to that! You couldnt of said it with more heart and feeling to youre paragraph I truly loved the way you expressed yourself, I will be looking forward to his responce as well

NoSoyRacista
NoSoyRacista

Hilarious logic, Gus! The black population in OC will not grow because a surf shop and a university cafeteria show racial sensitivity. I guess that's what's keeping black people out, right?

Damn those surf shops!!!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You tell me then, oh Rousseau of race!

NoSoyRacista
NoSoyRacista

Gus.... you run the most racist column in OC. You are an ignorant Archie Bunker type of biggot. Your daily rants about Evil Whitey make your ignorance plain to see.

Please continue this type of journalism! You prove me correct time and time again with each article you publish.

BeautyForAshes
BeautyForAshes

You may want to consider that almost as many blacks are aborted than are born. Blacks are not replacing themselves. In some parts of the country more than 60 percent of the black population is aborted. Sad.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Wow, the quality of blogging has really deteriorated ....

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

...as has the quality of our commentators.

SexyLatina
SexyLatina

lol hahahahaha I like ure combats!

Honky
Honky

Sexy Latina? Oxymoron? Your spelling pretty much sums up every Caucasians view of Hispanics.

NoSoyRacista
NoSoyRacista

Hey sexy... i think you meant "come-backs". And Gus really isn't that creative. It's the equivalent to the school-yard type come-back "same to you!"

Mitchell
Mitchell

You know what, Arellano is full of frijoles. Orange County is put together with LA as far as the Census is concerned -- its called the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana statistical area. I thought that was the case, and so looked it up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

So claiming OC as a 'top 25 metropolitan area' is una fucking tontería.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yeah, because 3 million people matters nothing, right?

Mitchell
Mitchell

Would have been nice had Arellano also mentioned the well know effect that immigration (illegal and legal) from Mexico is having on communities that have traditionally been dominated by African-Americans. Why isn't it 'sad' that, say, Compton is now mostly 'Latino' and that blacks will eventually lose their political power there? Or, if Gustavo knew any economics, he might realize that some of the 'jobs Americans won't do' in OC would be done by poorer blacks (and poor whites etc) were it not for his co-ethnics taking those jobs. Heck, I can remember about twenty years ago when a young black guy and a white teen actually did gardening in my folks' neighborhood. (My dad, being a good American, mowed his own lawn-- as I do today).

Eagle over cactus
Eagle over cactus

You are correct sir. Southern California latino street gangs are known for attempting to racially cleanse neighborhoods of African Americans. But since it doesn't fit Gustavo's victimhood worldview, he ignores it and whines instead why there are more blacks in OC. But then again he's proven himself to be an overt bigot against Guatemalans so you can't expect much from him. Pobrecito.

Surfman
Surfman

Hey Loser Gustavo,You and your dumb ass surf comment. Just because most Mexicans can't or don't surf does not give you reason to say dumb ass,dumb ass!! I am going to call your boss now to get your dumb ass FIRED!!If I ever see your ass in the surf,I will run your dumb ass over!!It's ok for fat Charles Barkley to say,white men can't jump. But if a white person says a comment about a black person,they get fired. Total double standard!!Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Nice for you to reinforce the stereotype that OC surfers are dumb racists. My boss awaits your call--ask for Mike Lacey!

Orange
Orange

Souns like the orange county community is a racial profiling area. Why no diversaty?

Mitchell
Mitchell

So, blacks increase and you whine about it (on their behalf, not that anyone is asking), and whites decrease and we don't have the right to be concerned about that? What other population group is being asked to commit demographic suicide -- and like it?

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