posted by Jack
Rising property values created an odd twist to an old story. We are all well aware of what white flight means to a declining neighborhood. It can be seen in cities like Detroit, Chicago, Oakland, Newark, Los Angeles and Seattle, to name but a few.
Normally these blighted areas wind up being abandoned and levelled, but not before crime and violence took their toll. However, in Seattle something different happened.
A few savvy investors saw an opportunity to turn a ghetto into something of real value. They took a big risk buying up these depressed properties and over the course of many years and at great expense, those old neighborhoods were restored to their former glory. Crime plummeted as tax revenues for the city went up! You might think this was a good thing, but it has some in Black Lives Matters using extortion tactics, threatening the new owners and demanding they move out. As crazy as this sounds, you have to read this story and watch the video to believe it:
A group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle marched through a residential neighborhood this week demanding that white residents give up their homes, dramatic video shows.
Footage of the Wednesday demonstration posted to Twitter shows a crowd of dozens chanting “Black lives matter” before an unidentified man projects his ire toward nearby white residents — saying they are living in a historically black section of the city as another woman in the crowd yells that they should “give up” their homes, the clip shows.
“Do you know that before your white ass came here, this was all black people?” the man says. “Do you know people like you came in here and basically bought all the land from the black people for less than what it was worth, kicked them out so you could live here? Do you know that?”
The man continues: “‘Cause if you don’t, now you f-king do — now do something about it!”
Another woman in the crowd then urges the residents to “open their wallet” as the man continues to yell at the unidentified residents off-camera.
“So how do you plan to fix it?” the man continues. “As a gentrifier, because you are part of that problem.”
A woman with a megaphone then urges the residents to “give up” their house, the footage shows.
“Give black people back their homes!” she yells. “You’re sitting there comfortably — comfortable as f—k as if they didn’t help gentrify this neighborhood! I used to live in this neighborhood, and my family was pushed out, and you’re sitting up there having a good time with your other white friends!”