If you consult the likes of Paul Krugman or MSNBC, you’ll hear that Texas, Florida, and Georgia are failed states, run into the ground by right-wing ideologues.
It might be jarring, then, for these New York-based commentators to open an ideologically friendly news outlet in Austin and see this headline: “People of color make up 95% of Texas’ population growth.”
Texas gained the most black people, nearly 700,000, of any state in the country. Georgia and Florida were second and third place, increasing their black populations by 450,000 and 390,000, respectively. All three states were governed by Republican governors with Republican-run legislatures throughout the decade. Texas saw its black population grow by 23% while Georgia and Florida saw 15% and 13% growth respectively.
The largest Democrat-run states, New York, Illinois, and California, saw nothing of the sort. Illinois’s black population shrunk. California and New York saw such small black population growth that black people became even smaller minorities in those states.
Progressives and centrist Democrats are entitled to run California, New York, and Illinois in the way they see fit. They are entitled to curse low taxes, lower costs of living, and the absence of state-enforced woke ideology. But if they actually care about helping people of color, maybe they should take a cue from Texas and Florida and Georgia, which are evidently providing black and Hispanic people with what they want.