The article implies that it can’t be stopped from happening, so here are some ways to lessen its impact – if you are the one gentrifying. It is definitely a different take on the subject. But there is another point of view that may help to strengthen your  argument.


4 responses »

  1. laureljaclyn says:

    This is a really great article. The theme of the Humanities Institute at Scripps this semester is “Silence.” At first I was really confused by how silence could be a theme for an entire course, however I have been attending some of the lectures and it has become clear to me how politically powerful silence is. This article really speaks to the silence surrounding gentrification. How does remaining silent about the ways I am privileged by it oppress others?

  2. haircomestrouble says:

    If you are acknowledging a privilege you have then that assumes an unequal relationship with another party. If the other party in the relationship is suffering and you remain silent by not a acknowledging that suffering, or simply ignoring their complaints, and they are powerless to change their situation without your influence, you have successfully oppressed them. It’s actually the easiest way to oppress somebody, because it involves you doing absolutely nothing. Parents do it to their kids, men do it to women, rich do it to the poor, ad infinitum. It’s not always malicious or intended, sometimes it is just because you honestly don’t know. However, that doesn’t change the oppression.

  3. laureljaclyn says:

    Right, exactly!

    I also feel like I should clarify that I meant to frame my question at the ends as kind of a self-check. I didn’t want it to come off as “why should I care, because I’m not doing anything wrong” kind of thing.

  4. haircomestrouble says:

    I didn’t take it that way at all. It’s like a nervous laugh. The fact that you asked the question assumed you were already aware of its implications. You are way too intelligent to be otherwise.

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