“Gentrification is Segregation”
By Ronel XBey
In this edition of Block Politics, we at Kapital Magazine would like to look at the effects of gentrification as it relates to our communities and our current social status. From the time integration took affect we have been gradually displaced from our communities and pushed further away from opportunities. America has utilized the plan of community development and revitalization as a tool, to reclaim property in affluent neighborhoods that are accessible and mostly inhabited by people of color. This is causing those individuals to be pushed further away from opportunity, which include better housing and employment.
Washington, DC the home of this magazine has just been cited as the most gentrified place in America. We are no longer living in “Chocolate City”. This process of change has been in motion for about 13 years. A calculated plan that 99% of us are not included.
This is all relevant to Hip Hop because it is the people’s responsibility to voice their issues and concerns. The purpose of Hip Hop has always been to address the personal concerns of the people that the system doesn’t listen to. As a community we are high in number and with a united voice what we say makes a difference. We must come together for what is important to us.
Now we are in 2019, every urban city in America is experiencing the same things, higher rents that force you to relocate to a more affordable area with less opportunity or opportunity that we’re not familiar with due to lack of education, which is another subject, yet still relevant.
There is also the subject of areas that are not being invested in. Here people are being overlooked and receiving even less attention in the neighborhoods they are familiar with.
Don’t get me wrong, change is good and should always be welcomed. However when you don’t consider all the factors when you make decisions, a lot of things get missed. And that’s what’s happening. Planning to redevelop communities without the communities input is never a good idea. If we don’t see the need to assist people with their development and bring them up as we rise. It will never be a fair playing field.
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