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Scrap Papers: Black Excellence

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By Karima E. Rustin

Malcolm Mitchell, a 24-year-old rookie wide receiver for the New England Patriots, assisted New England in coming back from a 28-3 deficit to win the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, and take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While his teammates are reveling in their shared victory, Malcolm achieved another victory most people don’t know about. A victory he is more proud of than a Super Bowl ring.

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The Pickaninnies March on Washington

By Lydia Holt

 

NEW YORK

Perhaps it was a subconscious act of self preservation, but in the months and weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I had convinced myself that America would elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president--that we had no other viable option. If her opponent were elected it would be disastrous and to maintain my sanity, I firmly believed that we would come through the election with a capable and sane president. When I woke up to the reality of our now 45th, I damn near had a panic attack. Continue reading...

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Wednesday
Mar222017

Gentrification Isn't the Problem

By Marlin D. Paschal


 

A couple of days ago a friend and fellow Pickaninny posted an article on Facebook titled The Hidden Systems at Work Behind Gentrification. The author of the article argued gentrification is not the random migration of latte drinking professionals in search of trendy urban lofts, but a corporate conspiracy to displace the poor and change the urban landscape into a soulless enclave of high-priced real estate. After reading the article, I suspect the musings of this author are consistent with the criticisms of both amateur and professional nostalgist. Unfortunately, I believe much of the criticism is levied by folks that are more concerned with reminiscing about the past than helping disadvantaged citizens create a viable future.

 

A couple of really good articles were published over the last couple of years challenging the conventional wisdom around gentrification – one in the Atlantic and the other in Slate. Both articles suggest the occurrence of gentrification is rare and its negative impacts overblown. The authors further argue the phenomenon we associate with displacing low income residence is largely relegated to the so called super cities like New York, Seattle and San Francisco. Affordable housing for everyone (particularly for the working class) is a problem in super cities, but that has largely to do with the rapidity of rental price increases – which is an exception rather than the rule for most parts of America. 

 

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