Baltimore Community Center Burned

Of course, it’s not news when thugs burn down a building after looting liberating its contents. But this statement by a spokesman for the organization that built the community center is VERY newsworthy. Here’s my transcript (which is strangely missing from the media’s reports):

“My heart is obviously broken because somebody did not understand that we were for the community, someone didn’t understand that we were working on behalf of the community, to invest when nobody else would. We wanted not to see gentrification or further injustice, but we wanted to see this community rebuilt for the existing residents of Broadway and East Baltimore.”

Here’s the video:

When the spokesman denounces “gentrification,” he’s talking about the influx of whites into what was once a predominantly black community. Few things rile the left like gentrification (see here and here.)

A few questions:

1 – Could it be that no one else wants to invest in this community because its residents do things like this?

2 – Why is it a good thing to oppose whites moving into a black neighborhood, but bad to oppose blacks moving into a white neighborhood?

3 – Why is it “racist” for whites to move INTO a black neighborhood, and “racist” for whites to move OUT of a black neighborhood?

My head hurts.

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10 thoughts on “Baltimore Community Center Burned

  1. roho

    Wow!……..Mike, you just schooled me……….I was not even familiar with the word “Gentrification”?…….LOL!

    But, then, I had no idea how SEGREGATED BY BLACKS the Funeral Home Business was until I did a one year stint in the industry as an employee? (Blacks don’t let whites bury them or cut their hair!)……….I’m somewhat surprised that these Gen X and Millineals have supported these developers, in regaining black neighborhoods, after we “Boomers” showed how fast “White Flight” could take place?……..And I can see how Buffy and Winston could retake the “Burbs” of old, but most white couples put a huge importance on the “School System”?…….(Perhaps it’s first time home dwellers prior to making babies, while prioritizing careers?)

    I see it somewhat in Birmingham with the student body of UAB, wanting short access to the campus, but most working stiffs wish to completely exit Jefferson County taxes, judicial system, car tags, and all that comes with being part of “Little Zimbabwe”?……..LOL!

    This has to be a Northeast thing?………I would love to see how this gentrification thing is working in cities such as Atlanta, Memphis, Jackson Ms, and Little Rock Ar?

    Please provide if you have info?…….This is fascinating.

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  2. roho

    Mike…..OMG!………..I’m so ignorant on this Gentrification Program?………..As an “Old School” Dixiecrat, all I can think of is Freedom Of Association which no longer exists?

    All I can say is “Buy Precious Metals”………………………….BRASS!……..And shoot straight!

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  3. Kirt Higdon

    I have a friend whose daughter and son-in-law are pioneer gentrifiers in a black neighborhood in LA. They have reported some pretty weird experiences. Some in the neighborhood regard them as exotic as if they have never seen white people before – and this may be the case in some self-segregated neighborhoods where people rarely and sometimes never venture out. Also some of the blacks are quite protective of them, which illustrates both the good-will of the protectors and how dangerous the neighborhoods are.

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    1. Mike Post author

      Kirt Higdon,

      No doubt many residents see the incoming gentry as entrepreneurs who will create jobs and stability, while others see them as invaders who will drive up property taxes and take over.

      In a way, both are right.

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  4. weavercht

    Roho,

    gentrification happens in Greenville and Charleston, SC.

    Greenville has artsy types who move into black areas. It’s erm “trendy”… somehow.

    And Charleston just has limited space.

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  5. Mike Post author

    weavercht,

    When I moved to Charlotte in 1991, the Dilworth and North Davidson areas were “no-go” zones. In the last few years, they’ve transformed into prestigious artsy areas. And yes, some have complained about the older blacks having to move out because of rising rents and property taxes.

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    1. weavercht

      As a side comment, I’m annoyed at how Southern art increasingly means black art/music. At least that’s my experience. For something to be European-derived, it’s foreign; but if it’s black or Amerindian derived, that’s “authentic American”.

      I’m unfamiliar with events like this (I assume funded by Lake City’s resident billionaire.): http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=1193917#.VUEoOZMYFf0

      I’d be interested in seeing what if any Southern white art identity still exists. I know English heritage was rediscovered here in the US by Cecil Sharp, heritage that had died out in England but persevered in the US.

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      1. weavercht

        Actually, that event might be positive:

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/artfieldssc/

        I see actual white artists painting *shock* normal looking, civilised art.

        I’m so used to seeing destructive art that anything healthy shocks me. In Switzerland, which Southerners tend to love, I remember seeing so much deconstructive art and projects. The historic buildings and the nature were all incredible though. And US art museums I’ve been in have often been unhealthy as well.

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