State Representative Byron Rushing says he believes that "lingering racism" in Boston is to blame for the loss of Black/African American residents in the city between 2000 and 2010.
Rushing, who represents the 9th Suffolk District, which includes parts of the South End, Roxbury, and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston as well as part of the city of Cambridge, expressed his opinion in an article appearing in this week's Boston Courant (not available online).
The 2010 US Census shows a drop of 1.6% in Black/African American population in Boston (140,305 to 138,073).
However, [the] city of Boston shows a loss of white people, too, by .4%, from 291,561 to 290,312.
Meanwhile, the Asian population increased 23.86%, to almost 55,000 residents while the Hispanic population increased 26.8%, from 85,089 to 107,917.
Almost all Northern cities lost Black/African American residents during the past decade, according to the New York Times.
So, what really happened?