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Tue Jul 25, 2017, 01:27 PM


50 years after Grand Rapids riot, black poverty worse

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) For three days, parts of Grand Rapids burned.

A race riot erupted in the city 50 years ago on July 25, 1967 fueled in part by discrimination, poverty and mistrust.

A half-century later, the racial divide in Grand Rapids is, in some ways, even wider.

The poverty rate among the city's blacks is worse now than it was during the riot, according to a Target 8 analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Not only that, the analysis found, Grand Rapids has the biggest gap among the state's large cities between black and white poverty.


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