Outlier: The Case of Austin’s Declining African-American Population
The Institute of Urban Policy and Research Analysis recently published an issue brief by Dr. Eric Tang that investigates the decline in Austin’s African American community. In the brief, he attributes the decline to Austin not being a welcoming city for African Americans, the job market and Austin’s justice and schooling systems.
During an interview with KUT on Austin’s declining African American population, Dr. Tang highlighted the tension between the Austin Police Department and the African American community by pointing out that while “the African American population is roughly 8 – 9% of the Austin population right now. Yet they account for 33% of the ‘use of force’ complaints. That is a pretty startling number. I think that many African Americans have lost faith in the kinds of reforms that have been suggested.”