What’s The Difference Between Gentrification and Manifest Destiny?
Not a got damn thing.
White folks ride into the ghetto in their covered Subarus and pretend nobody is there. The attitude is “this land is vacant, this land is “OURS.” If there are murmurs of discontent from the hills and bushes of the ‘jungle,’ the white man presents his mortgage and pockets full of money as all the validation he needs.
Sorry, Charlie, that shit ain’t gon’ fly no’ mo’!!!
Racists at “The Florida Room” bar on Killingsworth in north Portland crossed a line that we find it necessary to redraw. First, they placed a sign up for the youth of our community, students at Jefferson High, students who deal with gangs and teen violence: “SIN ALL THE TIME, GO TEAM EVIL!”
When righteous complaints from longtime aka, BLACK, neighbors poured in, the bar owners refused to change the sign and accused the neighborhood that they know shit about, of being “too sensitive.”
How the fuck do white folks get to decide the terms under which neighborhoods will operate? Guess what, they don’t. WE decide. We organize and we set the agenda, not some un-hip jiveass suckas.
Alas, the Florida Room did capitulate and change the sign to:
Nancy is the sister who heads the Humboldt Neighborhood Association that had fielded complaints from residents in the first place. She let it be known that she didn’t go for the boozy logic of the FRoom
You CANNOT move into OUR neighborhoods and insult black women. How can any woman NOT be outraged by this flagrant crap?
Thankfully, that sign too has changed – but we know that the Florida Room has not – therefore a course in Slaptology is in order.
Rupert Kinnard, the founder of Slaptology, offers a course in this religion of face-stinging, re-educational retributive payback. This is just the medicine needed to cure the afflicted of all that ails them.
Let it be heard round the hipster havens in Portland, among all the blonde dread-appropriating, fedora-abusing, not-even-close-to-hip chumps, that this is a NEW day. You aren’t coming into our neighborhoods, neighborhoods laden with dysfunction created by racism, to heap more racist abuse on us.
You ARE ON NOTICE!
Slaptologists of the World have United and we are coming for YOU!!