Topic | gentrification

#snowblindness

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I highly recommend this feature in the Atlantic – The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America. We can learn a lot about racism by looking at those places that are the whitest. In Portland, the belief that we are “post-racial” is largely unopposed, and those who point out problems of racial injustice are often treated […]

Racial Tension in the City

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Yesterday I had a conversation about race and gentrification in a cab. I ride in a lot of cabs, and this was the third conversation I’ve had on this topic with drivers. But this time was different. Normally, the conversation starts with some version of “there goes the city…” This time, the conversation began with […]

Welcome to the Hunger Games: Ferguson, Gentrification, and Power

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I wrote a post about Ferguson earlier in the week that got me thinking of The Hunger Games. Not the movies. I mean the books. You can call them “Young Adult” if you like, but I loved those books. And now, I feel like the author, Suzanne Collins, may be a prophet. Play along with […]

What Goes Down in Ferguson is an Asian American Concern – In Fact, It’s a 99% Issue

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Precariat: A social class defined by the shared experience of precarity, a condition of existence without predictability or stability, particularly as pertains to employment and economic security What the news media has euphemistically referred to as the “situation” in Ferguson, Missouri is driving home a point that too many of us have managed to miss before […]