At a recent BLM protest in Seattle, Washington, demonstrators demanded that white homeowners give up their homes. The protesters claimed that the white folks in a historically black neighborhood were “gentrifiers” that made that forced black people out of their homes.
The “gentrification” of a neighborhood is generally cast in a negative light, but it really refers to the renewal of a rundown neighborhood which increases property values. Rising values drive lower-income residents out.
Seattle, Washington is a wealthy city with a population of fewer than one million people and a median salary of almost $94,000. White people make up 68% of the population while the Black population stands at about 7%. Asians make up another 15%.
Protesters now want the homeowners in that neighborhood to “give up” their homes to Black people. One protester put it this way.
Give black people back their homes! 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.
Seattle BLM protesters march through residential neighborhoods and demand white people give up their homes.
“Give up your house. Give Black people back their homes.” “what are you going to do about it? Open up your wallets.”pic.twitter.com/btRzqos0IR
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) August 14, 2020
That demand sounds a lot like the “requests” that Charlotte Helm, a cofounder of BLM Louisville issued in 2017.
White people, if you can afford to downsize, give up the home you own to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.
She also suggested that white people let Black people live in rental properties for free. White people should will their property to Black people. White women should get their white bosses fired, etc. etc.
America can expect more of the same from BLM, as the Marxist organization gained tremendous support since the death of George Floyd. Expect guilt-ridden white liberals to cave into BLM demands and then try to force the rest of Americans to do the same. The city council of Asheville, North Carolina, a bastion of leftism in a largely conservative state, already caved to demands for reparations and voted unanimously to enact programs to redistribute wealth to Black people. According to ABC News:
The Asheville City Council voted 7-0 on a resolution Tuesday night that formally apologized to its Black residents for the city’s role in slavery, discriminatory housing practices, and other racist policies throughout its history.
The mayor of Asheville, which is 82% white, recommended federal reparations but felt that Asheville was doing the right thing.