Energy imbalance: Greensboro has extra minorities than whites. So why no more of them on the town boards? | Native

The Council directly controls the overall composition of all 16 bodies and commissions, some of which deal more with matters affecting persons belonging to minorities than others.

Of the 179 people appointed by the council, 43% are black, Asian or Hispanic and 45% are women.

But from board to board the picture varies widely and sometimes with no discernible pattern that takes into account the work of a board or commission.

For example, there is Brown’s group – the Minimum Housing Standards Commission – which has an overwhelming 71% white membership. However, some critics say the commission is disproportionately addressing issues affecting poor, racially diverse residents living in substandard housing.

By comparison, the Greensboro Housing Authority, which regulates public housing guidelines in the city, has five black members out of seven.

Other boards can often be unbalanced when compared to city demographics.

The Historic Preservation Committee, for example, has only one black member out of eight.

And the library’s board of trustees has five black members out of thirteen.

Some bodies better reflect the racial diversity of the city, like the Solid Waste Management Commission, which has five black members under nine.

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