It all started here.
Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. First of 4 posts in the Louisiana series.
Population loss by degrees: 80-90%, 70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts
- 14.0% - Claiborne Parish
- 23.4% - Louisiana
- 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
- 19.1% - Clairborne Parish
- 15.4% - Louisiana
- 15.6% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
- 39.5% - Claiborne Parish
- 18.6% - Louisiana
- 12.3% - U.S.
The last time Claiborne Parish voted for a Democratic candidate for president was 1996. Trump received 55.8% of the vote in 2016. George Wallace received 52.7% of the vote in 1968.
Negro Leaders Are Jailed as Racial Turmoil Comes to Homer, La. (The New York Times, 8/13/1970)
The offense, if the white authorities are correct, was 10 months of violent attacks on the white people of this half black, half‐white parish, or county.
Systematic antiwhite violence among Southern blacks, especially rural and small‐town blacks, is extremely rare, and the Negroes of Claiborne Parish insist that no such thing happened here. Some say that at least part of the violence was committed by whites and blamed on blacks.
Whatever the case, the violence had no apparent connection with any national movement. It was local violence and it was, for the most part, locally handled—and with such crushing force that the black community was spiritually devastated.