Black In Seattle
The Black population in Seattle hovers around 7 percent, well below the national average. It's a population that has shrunk as Seattle grows.
In a special series from 2013, Tonya Mosley reported on what it’s like to be Black one of the whitest major cities in America.
In 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote about the black experience in Seattle in which black women complained about how few black men there were to date. One woman said, "Seattle is hard on black women's dating aspirations."
On a map, Seattle is a blue dot – often described as liberal and tolerant. But it’s not always comfortable for black men who say they experience racial profiling and discrimination.
What is the black experience in Seattle?
From 1978, when the busing program started, to 1999, when it was shelved, minorities carried the burden of busing, piling onto buses from the South End and the Central Area that were headed for predominantly white schools in the North End.
What is it like to be black in the fifth whitest major city in America? It’s not an easy question to answer. Seattle’s black population hovers around 8 percent, with more leaving every year.