october 31 response to readings (happy halloween!!)
The story of the black gentrifier was an important one to be told in this article. Too often people look at gentrification as an issue of race, but it’s more so an issue of class. This article highlights the fact that people want to make gentrification a black and white issue when it’s really much more to do with class. By listening to the perspective of a black gentrifier, it allows a more complete picture about the phenomenon of gentrification to be painted.
In cities like Washington D.C., job opportunities are being created for well-educated, well-connected individuals. Because of this, the people moving to these places tend to fit the bill. They come seeking basic necessities of life — somewhere to live, restaurants, entertainment — and they look for them at the lowest price point possible, because let’s face it, young professionals don’t tend to have plentiful amounts of money. This results in displacement of people who’ve long inhabited these areas, often changing the demographic of an area.
These changes are not racially based at all. Anyone who can afford to get an education has the ability to succeed in this society. Is the problem, then, accessibility to education?