I find the comments here both hilarious and disgusting. So many people making references to Detroit and Chicago as justifiable reasons why Blacks shouldn't be in OC, as well as claiming Whites are "too civilized" to want to live around Blacks. If this were truly the case, then why are SO MANY White people moving to Black cities like Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Oakland? Why are so many White (and Latino and Asian) folks imitating (and doing a horrible job I might add) Black music and culture? The reality is African-Americans are highly imitated and admired and young Whites are increasingly moving to areas that have been historically Black. Mexicans are moving to traditionally Black areas too; Compton, Inglewood, Long Beach, South Central, etc are all historically Black areas where many Latinos now live. So if Blacks are so undesirable as neighbors, why are all these non-Black folks going to live with them?
Now aside from the ridiculous comments here and the at times bizarre statements made in the article, here is the REAL reason OC doesn't have a larger Black population:
1)The reason why California has so many Blacks and is one of the Blackest states in the nation (numerically), has everything to do with World War II. The Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties have historically had the largest and densest population of African-Americans because of the presence of shipyards during WWII. Orange County had little to no shipyards, thus not ever becoming a big draw for the southern Blacks who migrated west to work at shipyards.
2)OC has just never had a historic Black core. Even before WWII, San Francisco and Los Angeles had specific Black corridors (The Fillmore (SF) and LA's Central Ave. District) were there were established Black businesses and culture. OC just never had an equivalent to that.
3)OC's reputation has not made it a very desirable place to live for most African-Americans. Make no mistake, there are MANY Blacks in Southern California with the means to live anywhere they choose, and for those of you uninformed, the nation's wealthiest Black neighborhoods are just a few miles away in LA (Baldwin Hills; Ladera Heights; View-Park Windsor Hills just to name a few). Most Black folks, like all other races, want to live where they'll feel comfortable and connected. Though it's getting better, OC just doesn't provide that outside of a few North OC areas. The funny thing is, there's increasingly more Blacks moving to areas surrounding OC, which is contributing to why you see more at popular malls and sites here. Long Beach and Corona border the County to the North and West, and both of those cities are magnets for Blacks.
So the ignorance here really proves the general point the author was trying to make in the first place. And shame on the folks who say high crime and undesirability is only associated with the presence of Blacks. Have you been to Anaheim? Santa Ana? Some parts of Fullerton? There are PLENTY of areas in OC where Blacks are not present yet drugs, gangs, and crime run rampant.
So let's not pretend for one minute that Blacks are required for an area to be undesirable.