[A Real] Dear White People

It’s not just the moving in, increasing rent, increasing bodega prices, increasing police presence, increasing arrival of more settlers, increasing discrimination in housing, increasing impact, co-opting, + erasure of culture, pushing out of local businesses for bigger named retailers, increased criminalization/predatory-policing of Black folks & other folks of color bc we are perceived as “dangerous”, increase in profit-driven mentality vs. community-driven mentality, impact on children’s education due to push out + increasing education disruption, increasing culture shifts and loss of community safety net, increasing decline in health + wellness of Black & other folks of color and the notion that black communities & communities of color are abandoned + divested in systemically being affirmed bc it’s apparent that our neighborhoods, businesses, homes, etc. are only “worth” redevelopment + resources when it’s not for us –

“Live from Bedford-Stuyvesant, the livest one
Representing BK to the fullest” — BIGGIE

It’s the fucking attitude and air of entitlement when you walk past me without speaking. I know it’s hard to believe but we actually know + care about our neighbors. I know it’s hard to believe but we actually say hello to each other. I know it’s hard to believe but we actually know the postman, his daughter’s name, and what days he has off. I know it’s hard to believe but we have community + we enjoy being in community with each other.

It’s seeing you see me see you see me and then the immediate darting of eyes, like… Bruh. Really? SPEAK.

It’s the very least you can do, while I’m still here. 

p.s. Yes, people move all of the time and communities change. But that should be allowed to happen organically not rapidly. And damn sure not at the (further) detriment of black people, pocs, + those most marginalized in society.