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I live at 24th and Broadway and sent this article to my girlfriend after reading it myself. The following is her response, and I totally concur...
man, i just read that whole thing, and it made me kinda angry. why all the hating on the hipsters? i feel like we are exactly what they are talking about-especially that one old racist black guy at the end-we are the ones they seem to really hate. we graduated, we moved there because we couldn't afford the big city, we are the tip of the arrow, as bad as the big rich corporation-lovers who are doing the whole gentrification thing. what? we are just trying to survive the way anyone else does. we don't have any hate-i feel like obama would really not like that article either, it's making an issue out of something that shouldn't have to be an issue. the writer obviously doesn't live there, and he acts as if he's writing some truth that everyone else doesn't understand just because he interviewed a couple people who have lived there for a long time or whatever. hey-guess what-shit changes. every neighborhood has changed. every older person misses the way things used to be-but guess what? the population is booming, (what, has it doubled since the 60's or something?) technology is catapulting forward and changing the way everyone interacts and moves, and this arrogant guy (writer) thinks he can go in and name call and thinks he can make all of these assumptions and conclusions about a situation that he knows nothing about. what the fuck? i'd like him to live where we do-i'd like him to meet the people we meet and feel the fear that i have felt when i walk to my car in the middle of the night, wondering if i would be one of the many people who have been victims of crime in the are. how is my simply living and existing somewhere make me the enemy of all of these people in that dumb-fucked writer's mind? people who move somewhere because they can't afford anywhere else-why the fuck are they somehow the enemy? just because they are white? what is there some unwritten law that white people aren't allowed to move to a historically black area simply because other white people might come too? wait, aren't we trying to rid ourselves of the hatred and division caused by racism?
and the whole thing about cops not caring is totally inaccurate. when we have been to art murmur-there are a ton of cops there, and Adam (who is white) was kicked out of the area because he had a beer in a paper bag (as you know, there are a shit-load of people who "live in the area" who drink, smoke weed, or whatever on the street). remember how we even talked about that? there were a ton of cops and we were upset because people there weren't doing anything destructive-there was no one there who was noticably fucked up, no one being violent. but the cops told everyone to disperse and cracked down.
dude-whatever-that article is fucked.
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