This friend of a friend went out of her way to start a “discussion” about why gentrification shouldn’t be synonymous with race, and then after she ran out of white tears, she fell back on misanthropy and her love for animals.
White people in Brooklyn get mad tight when you dare imply that they are part of the wave of gentrification, especially if they’re a Good White Person who has all the right politics and #BlackLivesMatter in their Twitter bio.
But being a good person doesn’t change the trend. You’re a white person who decided to move to a crowded, expensive city and took the rent you could afford in a neighborhood where you probably displaced some brown folks who can no longer keep up with the new rent average bumped up by other white transplants in your income bracket. And no, white transplants are not only to blame. I know plenty of brown transplants, self-included, and some of us add to the trend of rising rents. If a landlord kicked out a tenant who couldn’t afford the rent increase and then you sign that lease, you contributed to the rising rents in that neighborhood. This is not a new trend and there’s nothing to be done about it. People move, neighborhoods change, populations shift – it is what it is. But race is an extra complication to any social, economic, or political topic in this country, and it has to be part of the topic of gentrification as well.
If I moved to Brooklyn right now to predominantly Black neighborhood where gentrification is starting to take root, I’m not really changing the neighborhood all that much because I know how to act in my new surroundings. I’m gonna get to know my neighbors. I’ma go to the block parties. I’m not calling the cops over loud music because I have earplugs and I don’t expect the neighborhood to change for me.
White people bring change. They bring businesses that displace the longtime mom & pops that were there. They bring condos that nobody else can afford because real estate developers follow Chad who has money, not Jamal who has money. And they bring more cops, either by directly calling them, or by dint of the police wanting to make Becky and Ellen feel safe in their new neighborhood, and Black people minding their own business never benefit from having more cops milling around.
Pretending to be colorblind and longing for the day when race doesn’t matter anymore is all well and good, but we still live in the real world where:
1) White people have most of the money
2) White people have most of the audacity to plant themselves literally anywhere and expect the world to immediately revolve around them
In the context of gentrification, that means most of the people moving into an “up and coming” neighborhood are white and most of the people who move in and act like privileged brats will also be white. I can’t tell anybody where to live, but I can implore you to act like the guest you are. You don’t go into somebody’s house and immediately start rearranging all the furniture to suit yourself. Pick a nice chair in the corner and behave.
Leave slavery out of your abortion conversations.
Why do seemingly well-meaning white people like to compare various struggles to slavery
Another day, another White Liberal unnecessarily using slavery to make a point.
Joyce Alene is a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law. She has appeared as a legal analyst on various cable news channels and she was an attorney for the Obama administration. And she thought it was a good idea to compare abortion rights to slavery.
Not sure why this repeatedly has to be explained over and over, but it is very much possible to discuss persecution without bringing Black people into it. There is never a need to compare any struggle in this country to the worst atrocity in the history of the United States, and doing so makes you look unserious. What we are dealing with right now in regard to reproductive rights can be discussed on its own merit. We should be horrified by what’s happening, period. No hyperbole is necessary. No conflation with genocide is needed.
Why do seemingly well-meaning white people like to compare various struggles to slavery, when absolutely nothing the Modern White American faces has any similarity? Nothing the Colonial White American faced had any similarity. Leave slavery out of the conversation.
It’s a double insult. On the first side, Good Whites can’t come to grips with the foundation of America’s success in the world firmly resting atop slavery, so comparisons to modern struggles are subconsciously made to lessen the severity of what happened. Even the most liberal of White Americans has a difficult time accepting the fact that everything you see owes it existence to slavery. There would be no United States without the economic engine that was chattel slavery. From Yale to Bank of America to whiskey — the legacy of slavery is everywhere.
On the other side, too many Good Whites feel such a strong need to identify with the oppressed that they will manufacture similarities that don’t exist.
Or possibly a third side:
If you acknowledge that it’s a bad take and you don’t mean any offense, then you only said it to be shocking and to grab attention. You have trivialized slavery as a gotcha for clicks, and that’s even worse.
Women are being oppressed. Yes, restrictive legislation on reproductive rights disproportionately affects poor women and women of color, but all women are at the mercy of an evangelical government that believes it has the divine right to subjugate Eve’s daughters. That is enough to work with. Comparing it to anything other than that is a distraction and a disservice. Women deserve rights on their own merit.
We gotta invite Tigger to the Cookout now.
Maybe it sounds so much like n—-r some people just lose their minds.
Some cartoon characters are Black because they’re created that way.
Some cartoon characters Black because we decided they are.
And some cartoon characters are just cartoon characters. I don’t recognize any Winnie the Pooh characters from my daily life, so they’re just animals to me, but we might have to welcome Tigger into the family. There’s no other explanation for why this white lady is so mad that he’s on a flag.
Tigger must’ve played rap music in her driveway or looked at her purse on the elevator or something, because this lady is acting like that flag says Black Lives Matter And Yours Does Not. I am very certain there are no rules (by this non-existent housing association) prohibiting a cartoon character flag and this woman feels like “rule” is the same as “I don’t like it,” which is unsurprising given the age and hue of the protagonist in this short film. My first retail job was at Bath & Body Works in a Southern shopping mall, and if there’s one thing I know for certain about that particular demographic it’s that they definitely believe personal opinions are facts, feelings are rules, and there is a manager of something somewhere who will side with them so they can get their way.
Bless the restraint of this homeowner. I probably woulda cussed that woman from here to Tara and then I would be gone with the police after she called 911 on me.
Take this Jim Crow era literacy test for Black people.
I have a master’s degree, and I failed on the first question.
I know what a literacy test is, but sadly, I’d never looked one up to see what the questions were like. During Jim Crow, they were used to keep Black people from voting. Some poor and illiterate whites got caught in the net as well, and that makes sense for a country who, when founded, only gave voting rights to landowning whites, but the purpose was to keep Black people from being heard. Former congressional candidate Gary Chambers Jr. posted a literacy test today, and you can’t pass it. I can’t pass it. No one can pass it.
This particular test from Louisiana in 1964 was to be administered to anyone who could not prove they had finished 5th grade or higher, which would overwhelmingly apply to more Black people. We had less access to education and were more likely to quit school in order to work the land and help our parents keep a meager roof over the family’s head back when so many Black people were sharecroppers.
And there’s no uniform key for this test. The white registrar reads the answers and decides whether you answered correctly or not. I’m sure this test, on the rare occasion it was given to white people at all, was graded more leniently when the hand turning it in wasn’t colored.
So. Take it and see if you would be able to vote in Louisiana in 1964, less than 60 years ago.
Ten minutes to complete 30 questions is about twenty seconds per question, and you have to get every single one correct. If this was an actual literacy test, I would pass with flying colors, because I can read well enough to know that some of these questions are unanswerable, but it’s not about literacy. It’s about creating a standard that no one can meet and then applying it unfairly to Black people. It’s giving Black people additional burdens to be perfect that white people don’t have. It’s disparaging Michelle Obama for showing her arms in her White House portrait even though Melania has nude photoshoots online. It’s arresting Black people for marijuana at 3 times the rate of white people, even though the same percentage of Black people smoke weed as white people. (x) It’s Black college students being just as likely to find employment as white people who didn’t even finish high school. (x) It’s cops shooting unarmed Black people and taking a white mass shooter to Burger King. (x)
A lot of Black kids heard this refrain from our parents growing up: You have to be twice as good as the white folks to get half as far. However. When the judge and jury of your achievement is White America, you can still fail the test they never even have to take.
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