Tatsuma: GORDON: Claiming someone is "abusing their privilege" is just another way to label someone, and therefore negate them. Why bother treating someone with respect when they are obviously just another liberal/tea bagger/racist/homophobe/sexist? "Privilege" is just an updated way to call someone a casual racist.Pretty much, yeah. It's all mental gymnastics, ideological purity and either redefining language or inventing words in order to remove certain concepts or opinion from popular though. It's social 1984.In their search for ideological purity, the cries of "tolerance" are not enough anymore. It used to be everyone believed society would be better if only we were tolerant of each others. Didn't have to like each other, didn't have to interact, but as long as we tolerated each others and had equal rights, everyone was better off. Now, if you're tolerant but not accepting, you suddenly become evil. If you have never read about the "cotton ceiling", go ahead. We're living in an era where even your sexual preferences can be used to paint you as oppressive and a bigot.This is madness.
Tatsuma: "cotton ceiling",
reillan: It was actually a close and personal look at gentrification that turned me into a Lib in the first place. Now, I'm somewhat commiserate with it, as I eat at a lot of restaurants and shop at a lot of stores in areas that have been rebuilt.I have to agree with the article. The areas I've seen getting this treatment have always lost residents naturally and have empty buildings sitting around rotting. As money starts to move in and rebuild, some people are bought out of their homes, certainly, but those homes often sell for higher values than they otherwise would have and, except for rental residents, those moves are mutual.The rental residents, however, do need to be protected. I'm fortunate to live in Tulsa in that respect - a wealthy philanthropist (who just died) led the charge for getting a lot of these areas rebuilt, and he also poured money into areas that remain low-income, and helped inspire others to do the same. I drove into a low-income neighborhood the other day to find a giant duplex complex, all the homes being brand new builds, and all reserved for low-income residents. There was probably housing enough for 300 families, and there were signs of other complexes going up. This right across the highway from one of those gentrified areas.Moral of the story: As long as we understand what our efforts at gentrification do, and make sure to financially support efforts to provide *good* housing and living areas for the people we displace, everyone wins and we can embiggen the entire city.
markeology: Here comes the neighborhood.
Rapmaster2000: The only people who biatch about gentrification are the gentrifiers who moved in last year and are upset about the gentrifiers moving in this year.
Rapmaster2000: markfara: The_Original_Roxtar: so, increased land values, improved small business opportunities... and you're mad about this why again?maybe if your "pride in your community" extended beyond covering everything in gang graffiti and violence against outsiders, you wouldn't need to be displaced in the name of progress.But that's their "culture". You're being racist or classist or something when you point out that some subcultures are better than others. So just stop it!See also: Responsibility for one's own actions.You sound lower middle class.
markfara: But that's their "culture". You're being racist or classist or something when you point out that some subcultures are better than others. So just stop it!See also: Responsibility for one's own actions.
The_Original_Roxtar: so, increased land values, improved small business opportunities... and you're mad about this why again?maybe if your "pride in your community" extended beyond covering everything in gang graffiti and violence against outsiders, you wouldn't need to be displaced in the name of progress.
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