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Thursday, December 25, 2008

No Black People Live in Greensburg, Kansas


By Environment Man

Relax. This is not a complaint, just a casual observation. I recently watched another show about the town in Kansas that was completely destroyed by a Tornado on May 17, 2007 and noticed the basketball team. It featured them winning some type of championship after the gym was rebuilt and there were no black players. This got my interest so I decided to check on the demographics of the town and found that no blacks are listed in the percentages. Greensburg, Kansas is 97% white with the rest being Asians and Hispanics. Of course, according to the 2000 Census, the city has only 1,574 people with 730 households.

I only cover it here because Greensburg is often featured on television as a subject for reality shows as a result of the Greensburg City Council's decision to rebuild the city as a 'green' town. A documentary on its reconstruction, called "Greensburg," has received heavy rotation on the new green network called "Planet Green." So there are no environmental justice issues in Greensburg based on race. No black side of town. No 'soul food' joints. But it sounds like there are plenty of green jobs. And don't forget, Barack Obama's mother was from Kansas. (Wiki)
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