…to correct centuries of discrimination against Black people, instead primarily benefit white women. Urban renewal, intended to rejuvenate city centers populated by Black people, gentrifies them out of their neighborhoods. The War on Drugs, launched to protect Black people from narcotic addiction, locks them up at disproportionate rates while ignoring the opioid crisis ravaging White America.
Hal H. Harris
So true! Even worse is that "urban renewal" is only "needed" as a result of these communities falling apart after they were intentionally abandoned and underfunded by the white, ruling class. We now study "White Flight" in our schools as a moment in history. But people don't seem to realize how mind-bendingly-recent that was and how it's affecting our communities still to this day. I certainly want to write more about this and the "War on Drugs" rhetoric that people used to mask their racism in the 80s onwards. As you mentioned, it was really a "War on Communities of Color." We can't just take to the streets for a couple weeks and consider ourselves absolved of all responsibility for correcting these living conditions. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts, Hal! I wrote a bit about media framing here, if you're interested: https://medium.com/share-the-wealth/what-this-kkk-rally-teaches-us-about-media-framing-4554f4b3c3c1