#ThingsGentrifiersDo Places Honest Spotlight On Gentrification
First, it's a bike lane. Then the mom-and-pop shop closes down. The projects become condos and before you know it, a Whole Foods Market opens up. And then there goes the neighborhood. The hashtag "Things Gentrifiers Do" trended on Twitter Monday evening (January 5) and shed an honest light on what happens when gentrification takes over predominately black or brown communities. While most may associate obvious gentrification with the addition of a Wal-Mart or a new brunch spot, those who added to the hashtag Tweeted some other noticeable intricacies and differences that now play a huge part in the day-to-day of lifelong residents of neighborhoods who now have to deal with rising rent prices, the shutting down of local businesses and being pushed out of an area they one called home. Peep what some folks had to say about the growing gentrification epidemic.
#ThingsGentrifiersDo think we need integration w/o understanding the discriminatory practices of community redlining, zoning & development
— Ofelia Carrillo (@ofelia_bh) January 6, 2015
#ThingsGentrifiersDo make up acronyms for neighborhoods that never had them.. i.e: SOHA for "South Harlem"...
— April (@AprilMonique209) January 6, 2015
#ThingsGentrifiersDo describe neighborhoods as "up & coming"
— Sal (@GoneBandanaz) January 6, 2015
— كمال كندريكس (@KamalKendricks) January 6, 2015
#thingsgentrifiersdo say that they were in the area "first" (before other gentrifiers) completely ignoring the face that WE were there.
— Boricua Applebaum (@Ms__Sashi) January 6, 2015
#ThingsGentrifiersDo: Go to Detroit and claim responsibility for the city's "comeback" without mentioning black people doing the real work.
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) January 5, 2015
#ThingsGentrifiersDo come to a neighborhood "for the culture." Call the police on the culture.
— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) January 5, 2015
#ThingsGentrifiersDo complain that the bodega that they knowingly moved on top of is playing Bachata too loud.
— Mr Lotala (@imstilltoofly) January 6, 2015
Be the first ones defending the NYPD. #thingsgentrifiersdo
— God's Monster (@MrMecc) January 6, 2015