Jihan McDonald 
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Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

michael good "They just happen to be able to afford more." is part of the problem, its actually really THE problem. the problem is that there's no "happen" about it. its not a coincidence, its the predictable outcome of a social sructure that prioritizes whiteness and the well being of white people over that of others. the majority of gentrifiers, gentrifiers being people moving into the city with economic gain in mind, are white precisely because they are able to access an unequitable amount of the resources available to everybody, because politicians prioritize their success while neglecting black & brown people and our "justice" system plays its part by criminalizing non-white people for the same kinds of behaviors the average white person can expect to get away with. to say this just "happens" is to not understand the full socio-political force that is gentrification whether it has racial implications or not. any scholar would tell you that gentrification is an outcome of socio-economic policy and nothing remotely close to a coincidence.

Posted by Jihan McDonald on 10/14/2015 at 1:51 PM

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