DAILYKENN.com -- Some blacks see an ugly reminder that white racism permeates every element of American society. Gentrification in Raleigh, North Carolina is an example. Specifically, young white people are reclaiming the neighborhoods their grandparents built.
(Actually, that would be anti-white racism. Imagine if whites complained when blacks invaded their culturally distinct neighborhoods.)
So what could possibly be racist in integrating and injecting cash into depressed neighborhoods? Critics say newly renovated homes evoke thoughts slave plantations.
We tend to find what we're looking for (Kenn's Law #8). And if what we're looking for is racism, we'll uncover it everywhere.
From nytimes.com ▼
A few new homes rise high above the modest, single-story properties around them. Those houses, some longtime residents lament, feel so large that they evoke plantation homes, complete with second-story porches an overseer might use to keep an eye on the black residents nearby.
It’s unlikely that real estate developers intend that connotation (these houses are positioned in real estate listings, rather, as “modern farmhouses,” as “like-new” homes with historic charm, or as embodying “cutting-edge design”).
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