"But that has to come about through challenging the general economic privilege we bestow on the rich, not by making it easier to prosecute crimes in general. Precisely because it’s very unlikely that this will make it harder on the rich, and more likely to make it harder on the poor. I worry about procedure because principle and procedure matters, yes. But also because the consequences of threats to due process and the presumption of innocence will overwhelmingly be borne by those in our culture who lack social capital. I fear that undermining the commitment to due process in these high-profile but small-in-number cases will filter down to the poor people who are typically the target of our judicial process and police."
From “We’re All Nerds Now” in The New York Times, 9/14/2014.
The article was terrible, Munroe being the exception.
(Source: The New York Times)
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"I’ve always been interested in the gay community because they were so on the fringe. Now, the identity of it seems to be a little muddled for me—probably because the struggle is dissipating, which is great and positive, of course, but…"
"THE FLOOR IS MADE OF HOT LAVA AND THE GIRLS ARE RUINING IT."
"Cedarwood Road”: This was cool when I thought it was a Sisters of Mercy cover, but it turned out to be a U2 song that maybe the band thinks is metal. I’m pretty sure that nobody in the band has ever listened to metal, so it seems to be a Red Hot Chili Peppers song about a cherry tree that leads to the sky. Not as good as “Rocket."
Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.
Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.
That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.
In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.
Sarah Kendzior - The peril of hipster economics (x)
When all you have intersectionality, everything looks like oppression.