Gentrification — What does it mean? (White Flight Part I)

In the scene from the classic 90s movie Boyz N the Hood, it paints a picture of black paranoia that existed in the 1980s and 1990s. It takes the viewer through a dialogue in which the crimes of black society were predicated on Social Darwinism. Hence, white society brought in drugs, released HIV, constructed pawn shops, gun shops and liquor stores to further the process of black elimination.

Some members of the Black Nation of Islam subscribe to this thought. However, they are not the only ones. Though I give this discussion very little merit, there is some truth to the problem of gentrification. During the 1950s to the mid 1990s, middle class society contributed to the notion of white gentrification. After Brown v. Board of Education, Americans witnessed an increasing number of whites move to suburban communities to escape the process of integration. This migration produced white shopping centers such as malls, all white neighborhoods, and discrimination practices designed to keep blacks, Hispanics, and immigrants out. However, this trend has reversed over the past two decades in which businesses that contributed to white flight are returning to the inner-city. This is called the rise of the urban renaissance — a topic I will discuss in my next post.

From Boyz N the Hood:


5 thoughts on “Gentrification — What does it mean? (White Flight Part I)

  1. OK. I fixed the video. Had to add another one. A bit longer but it makes the same point. As for Obama, I will try to explain in a couple of up coming post as the 2012 election nears.

  2. Pingback: Gentrification Part II: Living Downtown | The Professor

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