Freedom Rider: White Settler Gentrification

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black urbanites are under siege “because the dictates of capitalism and racism demand that white people return to the cities they fled.” Landlords break every law in the book to rid themselves of Black tenants to make room for the newcomers. Once a neighborhood is penetrated, white settler entitlement goes into high gear to chase out the remainder of Black residents, who are expected “to keep quiet and disappear without complaint.”

The Whites Are Coming! The Whites Are Coming!: Gentrification Surging in U.S. Cities

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

When Wall Street sets its collective minds and money to the task of gentrification, urban populations move – rapidly! In just the past four years, a white tide has significantly raised the numbers of Caucasians in almost half of U.S. cities, on top of large increases in white settlement during the previous decade. The window is rapidly closing on “chocolate cities.”


Freedom Rider: Gentrification and the Death of Black Communities

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Gentrification – the displacement of Black and brown urban residents by more affluent whites – is a function of the same forces that emptied the cities of much of their white populations, generations ago: the movement of capital. Capital wants the cities back, and clears spaces for whites. “The system is stacked in favor of moneyed interests and white people.”


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