Yes.posted by aaron at 3:00 PM on June 18, 2001
You have a right to force people of a certain race to live together so that you will have access to their culture at your convenience?
What about the cultures that don't have a large presence in London? Should we perhaps go kidnap a few thousand Eskimos from up north and dump them in the East End so you can go look at pretty igloos once in a while?posted by aaron at 10:33 AM on June 19, 2001
I can. The statement implies either: a) that only rich white people would ever even consider doing something so "mean" as to move into areas that "belong" to another culture (which would be bullshit, as anyone who's followed demographic trends in New York's outer boroughs for more than a year or so can attest); or else b) that Rips would only be truly bothered by such gentrification if it was rich white people moving in ... any other race or class would be just fine, or at least more acceptable. And that, of course, would be pure racism.
During the 2000 campaign, starting way back before the primaries when a lot of people were still thinking Powell might run himself, I lost count of the number of people I saw on TV and heard on radio (all black) who, when asked if his campaign wouldn't be a positive thing for black Americans, said no because "He's not really black." Interpret that as you wish.posted by aaron at 10:47 PM on June 19, 2001
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