History has shown us that Riots and Protests bring destruction, then rebuilding, and then gentrification.
The riots and protests of 2020 have slowed drastically, but the damage is done. Once again, Black communities across the country will fall victim to the grips of gentrification.
As a kid growing up in inner-city Philadelphia, it’s easy to believe the city is majority Black. For years you are surrounded by people that look, sound, and act similar to you. Of course, there are your teachers, doctors, cops, etc., but the people you live around, no matter what race you are, tend to look like you.
For Black people, though, that fact is more a casualty than it is a choice.
Since the end of slavery, one of the biggest hurdles African Americans have been struggling to overcome is the acquisition of property.
There was a time when a black person couldn’t own property or land. Following that time was the period when blacks could own, but they couldn’t borrow. Then if you could borrow, it was determined by “red lines’, and the plight continues today as Homeownership in the black community is at an all-time low.
Despite all of this, though, we still built our communities and made homes for ourselves. Thanks to the industrial revolution, and mass migration to the suburbs, we gained access to the ease of inner-city living. Public Transportation, major highways, proximity, the inner city has it all to make life more accommodating.
Our honeymoon is over, and the bills are due. White people have become aware of the ills of their ways of thinking suburban living was somehow better.
The factories are gone, the infrastructure more energy conscious, and the people have history to learn from. It’s easy to live in the burbs when everything is going well in the economy. The extra you pay for convenience is offset, but what you pay for comfort and accessibility.
However, S*** hit different when them checks to stop clearing and them bill collectors start calling. The 2008 recession and stock market crash of 2020, among other things, has shown the vulnerability of the market, and people are panicking.
Riots, Protest, Looting, and Gentrification have been a deadly combination to black communities for years.
Back then, the process was more subtle, less understood, and more crafty. Today the process is very in your face, sloppy and inhumane. For any American citizen, the idea of improving any part of this country should be a great idea. Yet, when people are bulldozed over and treated as less than, such improvements should be weighed appropriately.
America, while it is a place, is that only because “we the people” agree that this is our place and call it home. No lack of Income, education, or resources separates “Americans” in that way, as neither should an abundance of Income, training, support, or melanin. If you are a person, you are the “we” and “the people.”
That is not that case for Black people, though, and has not been since the beginning.
Incidents like the move bombing in Philadelphia, COINTELPRO, and the other examples of the government secretly influencing chaos in this country. Do we believe that with all the intel, technology, and resources they have, that the government didn’t have a clue riot and looting were looming?
Another question is if all of this is the plan to keep the poor people weak. Because despite the gravity of the racial injustice against blacks in this country, it pales in comparison to economic crimes to all.
All conspiracy theories aside, that is a hard pill to swallow.
What do you guys think, though? Are riots and protest apart of then gentrification cycle?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.