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Are BIPOC Cities The Economic Lifeboats Of America?



Gentrifiers Specifically Seek Out Black Majority Cities Because of Their Self Made Economic Power Through ADOS Culture!

ATLANTA, DETROIT, CHICAGO, HOUSTON, RICHMOND, JACKSON, BIRMINGHAM,DC, BALTIMORE, BOSTON/BROCKTON,MEMPHIS,MIAMI GARDENS,NEW ORLEANS, BATON ROUGE,SHEVEPORT,SAVANNAH,BEAUMONT,ST.LOUIS,CLEVELAND,COLUMBUS,HAMPTON,

MACON,AUGUSTA NEWARK,FAYETTEVILLE,N.CHARLESTON, and Growing!


Due to the legacy of redlining and other methods of racial segregation, Black communities often live in less green, more urbanized environments, contributing to a “heat island” effect that make Black populations 1.4 times more likely than the overall population in the same area to be exposed to extreme heat. Predominantly Black cities are very cognizant of this and put forward plans at twice the rate of other cities to combat the negative effects of climate thus making them very attractive to the former populations who left them behind in a flurry of white flight!


Dr. Bullard, a professor at Texas Southern University known as the “father of environmental justice” for his pioneering work in the field, points to the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill. When a BP underwater oil well burst in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it leaked a mind-boggling 94 to 184 million gallons of oil into Gulf. BP hired private contractors to clean up the oil-coated sand and refuse from the 120 miles of Gulf coastline the well had polluted.


While the spill and the environmental devastation it wreaked are well-known, what is less known is that the waste from the shoreline clean-up effort “was trucked to landfills mostly in Black communities in Louisiana and Alabama and Florida,” says Dr. Bullard. It was a case of history repeating itself: In 2009, 3.9 million tons of coal ash spilled from a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant. In the aftermath, the toxic coal ash was actually shipped more than 300 miles from the power plant site by train, where it was dumped in a landfill located in “rural and mostly Black Perry County, Alabama,” he says.



According to the ACLU website "The American creation story is based on freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness. That story, like most creation stories, is part true and part myth. The nation’s founders believed in white supremacy, and they were not ashamed to say so." The largest terrorist attack in Oklahoma was not at the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. It was down the road in Tulsa in 1921. The Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was unique. In the early 20th century, it was referred to as “Black Wall Street” and was home to Black and Native Americans who had become wealthy from oil discoveries."


"...White residents were disturbed by the growing black wealth and sought to impose official segregation measures. In 1914, Tulsa passed a law that forbade anyone from living on a block where more than three quarters of the preexisting residents were of another race. In isolation, Greenwood thrived. Its main strip boasted attorneys’ offices, auto shops, cafes, a movie theater, funeral homes, pool halls, beauty salons, grocery stores, furriers, and confectioneries."


The resentment among whites against this community was a powder keg awaiting a spark. That spark came with a sexual assault rumor against a Black teenager named Dick Rowland. What happened in the elevator of the Drexel Building on May 30, 1921, is unclear, but the common narrative is that Rowland accidentally tripped against its operator, a white 17-year-old named Sarah Page, causing her to scream.


This was their excuse to burn and bomb the city and massacre the black people of Tulsa and allowed the local banks to steal their money, and white citizens to steal their property, land as well as their lives. There is a long history of white terrorism destroying Black communities. Oscarville was a thriving Black community full of carpenters, blacksmiths, and bricklayers, with farming as the top trade now it is underwater beneath Lake Lanier north of Atlanta Georgia. Hundreds of Black towns were wiped out not only by burning them down but also by submerging them and then with the help of the Federal government running highways through them or poisoning the land with landfills and dumping sites.


"Ethnic changes wrought in places like Harlem or Inglewood are routinely described as “ethnic cleansing” or “racial cleansing,” or, more prosaically, “white people stealing stuff.” In a widely discussed 2014 discussion, Spike Lee said white newcomers to the once-black neighborhood of Fort Greene in Brooklyn had “Christopher Columbus syndrome.”(LA Times). When Black people build their communities so that it is apparent they are prospering and not even banks can devalue the worth of their properties they are targeted by white investors whose primary goal is to remove the people who built the community by buying their properties cheaply and which are undervalued in appraisals. Violence has long been used to control and intimidate minority groups in the United States. Gentrification is a form of aggression to stop the economic rise and generational wealth of a community that threatens the white only power dynamic. This hostility has targeted at a wide array of nonwhite people: Native Americans, Asians, Mexicans but most especially African American Descendants of the Enslaved.


Climate gentrification is a subset of climate migration, in which certain formerly lower-socioeconomic communities are displaced in place of housing for wealthy white communities. It is not about economics so much as taking another persons years of building a community and ethnically cleansing it so you can feel comfortable and not reminded that you stole with impunity through a plan of disenfranchisement aided by many representatives of authority colluding against the best interests of people of color to maintain a specific power dynamic. The only problem is that with the impending loss of the demographic advantage these machinations fail.


When we imply that gentrification is “white,” what we mean is that it solidifies white structural dominance but it only works if black people don't have the equal economic power to keep their homes and or move into those targeted areas themselves. For Whites gentrification is best understood through the lens of class, not race. But for black people we view the historical legacy of gentrification, redlining and even housing covenants as under the same umbrella of denying black people by any means whether they had the money or not access to housing of equal or greater value than white Americans. For starters, White America sees a prosperous black community as an attack on their worldview of white superiority and they become depressed and sometimes violent in their opposition to the very existence of black people living happy lives without consideration for white existence whatsoever.


The highest rates of opioid deaths occurred in affluent white suburbs which is why the death tollthat continues is marked by media silence. The highest rate of opioid overdose-related death occurred in the majority white suburbs of West Virginia (40.03 per 100,000), New Hampshire (32.74), Ohio (31.11), Maryland (30.27), and Massachusetts (29.21). West Virginia's rate of opioid deaths was ~169% higher than the national average in 2016, while Massachusetts was approximately double. Because of this the powers that be issue false narratives that this crisis is primarily one of communities of color in that way they can funnel money to communities that they ship white users into whose demographics are predominantly black. This was seen most blatantly in Boston MA where hundreds if not thousands of white addicts were given temporary housing vouchers to move into metropolitan Boston so the data generated would show most of the addicts were in the city rather than from the affluent white suburbs!


Today, the response to the drug epidemic is framed as an urgent public health issue. Substance use disorders. (SUDs) and addiction are now viewed as a health issue. Yet crack addicts and even marijuana users who are black are still in prison with decade long sentences! The fires of terrorism have forged black youth into powerful beings who are awake and not only beyond utilizing substances as a coping mechanism but focused on affluence and gaining power from a generation they see as immoral and inherently dysfunctional especially when they see how little regard the older generation has for the existential threats of climate change, and choose temporary comforts over the life of the planet.



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