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Re: “Fruitvale the New Hipster Hangout?

@lawngun, clearly you don't get it. No, the Fruitvale community doesn't need white people "adopting orphans" or "giving out change." Thats exactly the sort of paternalism that is irritating people about this whole article. And I'm more angry at the EBX for writing an article that presents a completely one sided view of this issue. For glamorizing culture vultures.

If the UC Berkeley students who like the tacos and the "ethnic decorations" they get for their dorm rooms there really wanted to do something positive, they could start by coming out and supporting the community struggle against the gang injunctions. They could tutor youth in schools. They could try to learn about he community, to check their own privilege and listen to what the community needs. I'm not from the Fruitvale. I don't live there anymore. So i can't try to speak for the entire community. But i do know that having people "handing out spare change" is so paternalistic and demeaning...

The issue is that when a ethnic community becomes the next hot spot for privileged people, then gentrification occurs, and soon the very people who created such a vibrant and rich community can't afford to live there. Which is what is happening in the Mission.

I suggest that you research cultural appropriation, neo-colonialism, and gentrification.

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Posted by amorcubana on 03/03/2011 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Fruitvale the New Hipster Hangout?

@everyone who is claiming that the reason why folks are upset about this article is because we hate white people, stop for a minute.Listen to what the commentors are saying. I feel like that is a knee jerk reaction everytime people of color challenge something like this. Just so you know, I'm half white. I don't hate myself. What I do dislike is how people just dismissed everything that was said, by saying oh its just those resentful brown folks.

What is being resented is that these college students are not actually engaging with the neighborhood, trying to give anything back, trying to actually understand the lives of the people who live there. Instead, they are getting their thrills by consuming the "exotic" cultures they find there, cultures that are integral to the people of the Fruitvale. People of color don't exist to make white people's lives more tasty and interesting, and that is very much the tone of the article.

As for the commentor who suggested that brown folks should stay out of white neighborhoods, who do you think will be doing all the work if that happens. People of color contribute in so many ways to white and wealthy neighborhoods. We take care of your children. We mow your lawns. We cook your food. We wash your dishes. We care for your sick, your elderly.

What do these white college students contribute to the Fruitvale, besides a little bit of cash? There are many people in the Fruitvale who struggle everyday to get by in a world where race and class so deeply determine your opportunities, who work menial, degrading jobs. Do they really deserve to return to their home community to be gawked at by privileged college students? The Fruitvale is not an entertainment park. Communities of color are not zoos.

@the Editor...the fact that you had quotes from Fruitvale residents, but you choose not to include them in the article is even more damming. It shows clearly whose opinions you think are valid, whose voices deserve to be heard. You have effectively silenced the community, instead privileging the voices of the outsiders, the cultural tourists. I thought that good journalism meant including multiple viewpoints and perspectives. Again, as a frequent reader, I have lost so much respect for your publication.

If you are truly sorry, then publish an article that brings to the front the marginilized voices of the Fruitvale residents. Ask them what is important to them, what they want people to know about their community. Atone for your error, show us that you are listening.

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Posted by amorcubana on 03/03/2011 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Fruitvale the New Hipster Hangout?

I just lost so much respect for the East Bay Express reading this absolutely reprehensible piece of journalistic dribble. Seriously, the only angle that you can think about in the Fruitvale is the fact that white people and privileged college students like to go there to consumer the "exotic other?!?" what about writing about the organizing going on in the community around stopping the gang injunctions, or any of the many postive, community oriented things that happen there EVERY DAY. But no. Because people of color only exist to make white folks lives more colorful and interesting, right. Because that is definitely the vibe that I get from this piece of trash. This writer needs to seriously re-examine his/her priorities and attitudes and stop being so absolutely offensive, culturally ignorant, and paternalistic towards an entire neighbourhood. I'm not from the Bay originally, and I try my very best to avoid being such a culture vulture. There is no excuse for this kind of ish. Ugh

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Posted by amorcubana on 03/02/2011 at 7:12 PM

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