Ethnic cleansing, aka gentrification, debate rages

DENVER REGINE LARK | 6/21/2018, midnight
Ethnic cleansing, an international human rights violation, is rapidly increasing. Omowale Clay, a member of the December 12th Movement, said, ...

But what drives gentrification? Wareham said, “One word, the bank. Neighborhoods that once had households earnings with lower incomes are now experiencing extreme rent growth at a higher rate than the neighborhood in which they can afford.”

As a means of stopping ethnic cleansing, Wareham suggested, “If we own property, keep it. Or try to sell within the community. Keep it Black. Keep it affordable.”

Clay said, “When we think about ethnic cleansing, it is important to think beyond one group of people being forcibly removed from one part of a city to another but to also include the mass movings of recent immigration policies enforced by the 45th president. All while the entire act maintains racial inequality.”

During the 2017 fiscal year, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed approximately 226,000 people from the country.

The December 12th Movement have for months held weekly demonstrations at 410 Nostrand Avenue, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, a brand-new expensive condo building. The protests, consisting of community members and activists, are just one of the actions taking place throughout the country demanding more affordable housing. Their slogan—“We Ain’t Going Nowhere!”—has caused resistance to escalate daily as residents are being pushed out with nowhere to go. The activists say that gentrification is being coordinated by the banks, real estate and the private sector with no regard for community outreach and growth.

They seem to be ignoring the words of the late Jim Rouse, an American urban planner: “We must create neighborhoods in which families feel a sense of belonging.”