“Gentrification is not magic…”

But when we talk about gentrification, understand that we really are talking about the result of actual policies endorsed, not simply by shadowy interests group, but by actual Americans, erected with the explicit intent of making sure that another group of Americans remain a permanent peon class. This is not the lens to view all of black America, but in terms of that portion that really is being priced out, that really can’t experience a functioning neighborhood, this is a start. Gentrification is not magic. It’s what our forefathers intended to happen.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the long history that leads to gentrification.

Author: David Swanson

Pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Bronzeville. Collecting signs of life.

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