Via Buffoon Juice:
East Oakland is one of the last locations in the Bay Area with reasonable prices for housing. The area, which is historically Black, is being gentrified by White residents. But like most cases of gentrification, the new White residents are viewing the existing Black residents as menaces to the neighborhood.
According to reports by East Bay Express, Whites are calling the police on innocent Blacks in Oakland at an alarming rate. Taking data from the website Nextdoor.com, Whites have called the police on Blacks for walking down the street, knocking on a door, and not picking up dog poop. The White residents have also called the police on Black salesmen and postal workers who were delivering items. White residents have also hired private officers to patrol the neighborhood.
Members of the Oakland Police Department have even shared that they are being forced to respond to baseless 911 calls. Police currently get over 700 calls per month on suspicious vehicles and people every month.
The response by White residents proves how racist attitudes are an essential part of the gentrification of Black neighborhoods. Along with the racial profiling, the gentrification has allowed some property owners to increase rent by as much as 120 percent due to a rise in value. It has forced some Black residents who can’t afford the increases to move.
The reverse of White flight is occurring across America. As a result, the racist biases will continue until there are legal repercussions for racial profiling by citizens.
Maybe we should pass laws to keep white people from moving into black neighborhoods. If you let one in then they start bringing their white friends and family in and before you know it there are white people everywhere! White people have different language and culture. Next thing that happens is property values start going up!
Oh, the humanity!
Here is the original East Bay Express article. It’s a real mess.
“Gentrification” is the term for when people with money start moving into poorer neighborhoods looking for real estate bargains they can fix up. In practice it means white people moving into or encroaching on minority neighborhoods. It is not the reverse of the so-called “white flight” because the new residents are not moving from the suburbs to the cities, because in many cases they are just moving to different neighborhoods of the cities.
Brooklyn and Oakland are two places where gentrification has become an issue. This is because the cost of real estate is so high in NYC and the SF Bay Area that poor people are being priced out of the market. If left unchecked it results in urban renewal that requires no government spending, and increased property tax revenues.
When white people move out it’s racist. When white people move in it’s racist.
If you are a black homeowner in a neighborhood that is gentrifying you will get the benefit of increased property values. If you own rental property in such neighborhoods you will be able to charge more for rent.
But if you are a poor renter you are eventually going to have to find someplace new to live. Life is hard. My family had to move to California because of the Dust Bowl.
The answer, according to anti-gentrification advocates, is government intervention. They don’t say so explicitly but their goal is to keep white people out.
The word for that is “segregation”.