North Philadelphia Meeting Addresses Gentrification

Valerie Russ, Philly, March 3, 2014

People from all over Philadelphia came together Saturday to tell their stories about gentrification at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia.

Organizers had issued fliers calling for an “emergency town hall” to confront a “crisis facing black Philadelphia: the demise of our neighborhoods.”

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Sister Empress Phile, one of the organizers, said the group will host more town halls and ask for more public meetings, including congressional hearings.

Ultimately, she said, the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations that gentrification is a human-rights violation–when economic-development policies displace one ethnic group with another.

“In the very near future, we are going to ask for accountability from our elected officials,” Phile said yesterday. “Questions have to be answered: How did this development occur? And what representatives within the community were contacted or notified?”

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When he spoke, the Rev. Clarence A. Martin Sr.’s voice trembled with emotion.

He talked about clashes with some new neighbors in South Philadelphia, where the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church once stood, at 20th and Fitzwater streets.

Some new arrivals called police to complain about parking on Sundays and that the church services were “too loud.”

“There was one young man who walked his dog in front of the church and he let the dog defecate there,” Rev. Martin said.

“I asked him, ‘Aren’t you going to pick that up? And he said, ‘The dog’s got to go, what can I do about it?’ ”

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Rev. Martin’s church was demolished in 2011 because the 150-year-old building was structurally unsound; the dwindling and elderly congregation could not afford to repair it.

A PowerPoint presentation showed the red-brick church, built in 1861. The next photo showed the boxy building with six condominiums, marketed at $700,000 each, that replaced it.

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  • I bet tomorrow’s version of this story, telling what actually happened, will read something like this:

    countenance [dot] wordpress [dot] com/2010/07/02/sudden-peace-outbreak-afflicts-city-neighborhood/

    I’m just linking back to it instead of posting every word, because I already did that here last week. The only difference is that what I wrote was a parody, this is reality. Though our parodies about the other side often become reality.

  • Pelagian

    2 Gentrification stories in one issue? Plus the big spike Lee story from last week?? Is the black abortion rate plus third world immigration starting to catch up with blacks?

    • dukem1

      hmmm. could be!
      goodness. is the whole country being run by morons?

    • Cid Campeador

      Spike Lee est “Anus Equi” secundum ad Theoria Professor Hoffman.

  • Luca

    Oh, look boys and girls, the liberals are introducing a new buzz word into the black victimology lexicon. “Gentrification”.

    Funny, we didn’t hear this word when the Mexicans in So Cal pushed the blacks out of the ghettos and turned them into barrios.

    Well, once again, the blacks are proving that trying to improve their neighborhoods and trying to civilize them is and endless exercise in futility.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Compton, California is an example of hispanics displacing blacks….

      • Singh1699

        They know if they speak up, the Mexicans will shoot/stab them on the streets and prison.

        If you don’t own the property why do you care, and if you do why didn’t you move?

        I have Sikhs and Italians in my neighborhood. Blacks are in the public housing but, as soon as mass migration came from India (gujurat) the former two left.


        Why are they speaking up now? Dozens of areas in cities from the bay to NY have been ‘gentrified’.

        • Cid Campeador

          I have yet to hear stories of mobs of Indians running through the streets attacking people and pillaging. Most Indian “youth” that I’ve encountered are at home studying in the evening.
          Pretty much the same for Chinese and Koreans. They’re a teacher’s dream.

          • wildfirexx

            Well Cid,
            I probably live in the largest east Indian Sikh community in North America. Although they don’t live in low income communities like blacks in North America, they make many demands on the white culture already living in the area. Rather than trying to fit in, they try and make us change our laws and regulations to accommodate themselves. They are constantly playing the race card, and are sneaky and corrupt at trying to scam the government.
            The next generation are also heavily involved in Drug trafficking and Gang related drive by shootings, just to name a few.
            And worst of all the bred like rabbits!
            Much like Muslims, they’re literally taking over the community!

          • Singh1699

            So what you’re saying is a masculine culture competes between itself?

            Males are bred to do that. The only laws that have been changed are weapons and helmet laws. If canada had any sense those wouldn’t exist.
            It’s not happening in the south, because those are men too. Men settle disputes with violence, I would condemn it but seeing how anti male the world is becoming, Idc anymore.
            See the hajnal line on one side, are she males. The white ‘civilization’ you idealize today with no violence, studying all day, etc. would be spit upon by your 19th century ancestors. —
            Sikhs were brought to Canada, for defense purposes. John A. Macdonald asked for an army of Sikhs as well.
            Our brothers who are not afraid of masculinity have no problem with us. Never has a scotsmen, irish men, southeren, etc. Given me anything but respect.
            The British and other western euros gets uppity when they realize I’m probably carrying concealed. —
            It’s true though if the state wasn’t so anti male and if dueling was legal there would be much blood.
            So? The world runs on it.

          • wildfirexx

            Sorry for the insult Mr. Sing, but that’s pretty much how most white folks feel about Sikhs in my community. I treat everyone as an individual, (there’s good and bad in all races) but as a group the Sikhs are a threat to my culture and way of life.
            Most Sikhs came to Canada as relatives of Bogus refugees from Punjab in Northern India under the family reunification program. Like Singh says, Sikhs demanded an exemption from having to wear safety helmets to ride bikes(including motor bikes), and demanding that they don’t have to wear the traditional Canadian Mountie uniform in order to join the RCMP.
            .They also ignore the local bylaws, such as by building monster homes on small lots to rent out a number of illegal suites, while overshadowing their traditional white neighbours, that are forced to eventually move out. They often charge two prices for services, one for indo-canadians and another one for white canadians. They pretty much took over the independent trucking industry by underpricing the white truck drivers and putting them out of business. They always vote in block to make sure one of their own gets elected, drowning out the white candidates. They are even trying to force us to change the wording of our Canadian National anthem! Sorry, that’s not fitting in!

          • saxonsun

            They’re also a big problem in NYC, its boroughs and Long Island.

          • Singh1699

            We aren’t indian, those hindus are pacifists.

      • Cid Campeador

        I don’t know how much better it would be to live with them ese!

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “Organizers had issued fliers calling for an “emergency town hall” to confront a “crisis facing black Philadelphia: the demise of our neighborhoods.”

    White people should organize town halls about the crisis facing white America: the demise of our neighborhoods.

    At worst, the exercise could be used to show the amazing black and Liberal hypocrisy when both groups who are comfortable with this black town hall cackle about the white town hall.

    At best, white people could actually conduct these important and needed meetings.

    • 1stworlder

      Its mostly gays with no kids, as anyone that cared about kids wouldn’t put them in Philly schools

      • puffdaddy

        If it’s anything like Brooklyn they fix up the row house very nicely and send their kids to private schools.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Ultimately, she said, the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations
    that gentrification is a human-rights violation–when
    economic-development policies displace one ethnic group with another.”

    I think I will appeal to the United Nations that FORCING White people to live with black people is a human rights violation.

    • sbuffalonative

      I said it in regards to the Spike Lee story. Blacks lost the right to their own neighborhoods when whites lost the right to their own.

  • IstvanIN

    Ultimately, she said, the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations
    that gentrification is a human-rights violation–when economic-development policies displace one ethnic group with another.

    Or when Republican economic policies replace my ethnic group with another. I just might agree with this lady.

  • sbuffalonative

    An historically black neighborhood must be preserved at all cost. An historically white neighborhood must be destroyed.

  • IstvanIN

    the demise of our neighborhoods.
    Like the neighborhood’s in Camden my family lived in prior to the black takeover of that once beautiful city? Sorry, no sympathy here.

  • Rhialto

    When Blacks invade White neighborhoods, and turn them into pest holes, and force Whites to flee for their safety, that’s Black progress. The Whites were being Racist for trying to protect themselves and their children.

    When Whites invade Black neighborhoods, and effect in massive improvements, that’s evil Gentrification.

    What’s the Ebonic word for “hypocrisy” ?
    It’s a trick question, there isn’t any!

    • shawnmer

      By their logic, if “gentrification” is a bad form of “displacement,” then “white flight” should have been commended for ceding the neighborhood to them in the first place!

      Unless blacks are being forcibly evicted to make room for those moving in, by the logic they used to condemn us decades ago, the choice to leave is entirely theirs.

      • Sloppo

        There is a significant difference though. When a neighborhood goes from white to black, it usually involves white people losing a lot of money because their home values dropped when the black community showed up. When blacks leave during the gentrification process, they tend to make good money on their investments because the land values shoot up as whites move in.

        • dukem1

          and still they complain!!

  • DaveMed

    Considering the new-age qualifications for “human-rights violations”, I’m not at all surprised.

    That said, I agree with Rev. Martin that allowing one’s dog to defecate on the sidewalk is disgusting.

    • The dog was making a political statement. Dogs don’t much like blacks.

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        It all depends on how they are trained. I say this as a white who was bitten by a dog owned by a black.

    • NotTooSwift

      I seriously doubt the dog poop incident actually occurred.

      There are thousands of human poop in stairwells incidents which actually do occur on a daily basis, in “certain” areas.

  • The easiest urban neighborhoods to gentrify are ones that never succumbed to the black undertow. Those are the ones in St. Louis which first experienced gentrification.

    However, in Philadelphia with this story, in Oakland, per the other AR story today about gentrification, in Brooklyn, and other places, white people are planting themselves right into the ground zero of the black undertow, in the middle of the kind of black people that were already angry and militant, the onset of gentrification have made them even more so. I predict that these white people will soon understand why other white people were driven out of these neighborhoods not so long ago. Unless there’s another dynamic at work, such as Section 8 being phased out in cities like Oakland, Philadelphia and New York.

  • There’s big money for whites and YKW to make in gentrification. Money speaks louder than black whining. The blacks are going to lose.

  • Extropico

    Newsflash from 1948: pursuant to Shelley v. Kraemer, racial restrictions on land covenants are illegal. No community anywhere is inviolate. Blacks, taste your own medicine after invading YT’s schools and neighborhoods.

    • John R

      Interesting point that I hadn’t even thought of. Yeah, if blacks still had such covenants they could have held on to their own areas. “What goes around…”

  • Spartacus

    The irony…

    • sbuffalonative

      Blacks aren’t smart enough to understand irony.

      • JDInSanD

        Or spell it.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Organizers had issued fliers calling for an ’emergency town hall’ to confront a ‘crisis facing black Philadelphia: the demise of our neighborhoods.’

    OMG!! A Crises in the Hood!! Has someone called the United Nations to demand Social Justice?

    White people moving in is FAR worse a problem than murder, graffiti, vandalism, rotten schools, unemployment, destroyed buildings, drug dealing…no human rights violations there — because there are NHI!

    Ultimately… the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations that gentrification is a human-rights violation

    For God’s Sake!! Those Blue-eyed devils must be stopped!.. or property values might go up and the violent crime rate might go down.

    • Cid Campeador

      Blacks have brought on the demise of Philadelphia as well as the rest if this Country. Gentrification a human rights violation? Maybe they could teach you by example of how to become civiized. GO ahead win your argument so you can finish your program of destruction of property and each other.

  • Spartacus

    “Ultimately, she said, the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations
    that gentrification is a human-rights violation–when
    economic-development policies displace one ethnic group with another. ”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Even if those idiotic “human rights” were to be taken seriously, it still wouldn’t apply to non-humans such as yourselves .

  • DieWulfe

    Could be to our advantage…First, neighborhoods, then towns, cities, states, regions. If it applies to them, it applies to Whites.

  • Truthseeker

    If you don’t want to be gentrified, try producing something. Try building a prosperous, thriving neighborhood on your own without any handouts. Try maintaining the standard that the people who originally built the neighborhood established. If you can’t do that, don’t complain when someone who can displaces you.

  • John R

    So, blacks move into White areas, crime goes up, and the White residents are forced to flee for their safety, and that is okay. Whites move into a black neighborhood, rents go up, the area gets better, and that is a “human rights violation”? So, North Philly should have the “right” to remain a black slum? Really? This is just beyond ridiculous!

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Whites create, yellows imitate, and blacks (and browns) destroy. Same old story wherever you go.

  • Sloppo

    “Ultimately, she said, the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations that gentrification is a human-rights violation–when economic-development policies displace one ethnic group with another.”

    I think maybe we should look at this as an opportunity. They’re trying to make a case for having the right to keep their own black neighborhoods. Maybe we should support them enthusiastically, praise them for their wonderful idea, and say with equal enthusiasm that we want the right to keep our own communities also. Can you imagine what it would be like for a young white couple to have the right to build a house in a neighborhood with reasonable expectations that it will still be a safe place to live two or three decades later when their children start having children?

    • Snakes on a Car

      Good, Good! Someone on this board is actually thinking. We need the legal precedent set that preserving the culture identity of your local community is a human right.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    I can’t wait to see how they define “gentrification” so that it only applies to what Whites do to black neighborhoods, and not the reverse. The verbal contortions and somersaults should be rather amusing.

    • Reverend Bacon

      “Make a neighborhood safer”?
      “Raise property values”?
      “Lower the crime rate”?

      Those are only 3 suggestions.

    • MBlanc46

      “Gentrification = invasion + power”.

  • thomas edward

    North Philadelphia Meeting Addresses Gentrification,
    _________________________________________
    Imagine any group against making something better? Blacks are just not up to par.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      There have been instances in human history of ethnic groups making sustained efforts at self-improvement. Think of Scotland in the 18th century, Japan in the mid-19th century (and again in the 20th when they realized what the words “Made in Japan” had come to mean), and Jewish and Asian immigrants.
      Blacks must be the only group ever that believe their identity requires their being less intelligent, less educated (acting “white”) and less articulate (Ebonics … (which the dung-loving spell-checker insists on capitalizing)). This “gentrification” BS is just more of the same.

  • Easyrhino1

    So when blacks start move into a White I vote we use the term shitrification (click on “add to dictionary)

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      Or maybe “feral fecalization”?

  • Greg Thomas

    Human Rights Violation = Give me your money!

  • Romulus

    Gentrification of brotherhoods… Pity!
    Dog defecating on one of their churches… Priceless!

    • Katherine McChesney

      Blacks defecating and urinating in the stairwells in the projects has been a problem in many cities. Everything is their toilet.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Rev. Martin’s church was demolished in 2011 because the 150-year-old building was structurally unsound; the dwindling and elderly congregation could not afford to repair it.

    Nice job of confusing two separate issues here. The demolition of the church had nothing to do with gentrification; a church that old sounds like a historic landmark that I’m sure many whites would love to have preserved.

    How is that any worse, anyway, than when blacks move in with their high crime rate, forcing whites out and resulting in the destruction of a whole city such as Detroit?

    • MBlanc46

      “[A] church that old sounds like a historic landmark that I’m sure many whites would love to have preserved”.

      And would have preserved.

    • Katherine McChesney

      It was probably built by White churchgoers 150 years ago.

  • Dalliance

    “… is a human-rights violation–when economic-development policies displace one ethnic group with another.”

    There goes Affirmative Action.

  • Snakes on a Car

    I support them and their efforts to protect the racial/cultural identity of their neighborhoods. I have a feeling though that they would be against it if Whites in Little Italy or the Whites in small town Appalachia tried the same thing.

    • Cid Campeador

      Whites in little Italy don’t destroy property, rape and murder.

  • WR_the_realist

    Was this from The Onion? If it’s a human rights violation for whites to move into black neighborhoods, which they improve when they move in, why isn’t it a human rights violations for blacks to move into white neighborhoods, which they make worse?

  • MekongDelta69

    “Sister Empress Phile” from the “Church of the Advocate.”

    How can you possibly make fun of something that needs no punchline whatsoever?!

  • Cid Campeador

    They “Pongified” my North Philly Neighborhood. They’re a Melanoma in the form of a humanoid. They keep spreading until the host is dead.

  • MBlanc46

    Maybe if whites on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s had claimed that Negroes invading their neighborhoods were a “human rights violation” those neighborhoods would still be white.

  • MBlanc46

    Negroes wreck everything, even churches.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Gentrification is a human rights violation because it constitutes displacing one group in favor of another? If that’s the case, then I nominate open immigration as a human rights violation.

  • Diana Moon Glampers

    How can anyone take this seriously? HUD spends millions of tax dollars to convince (and also force) white people to accept diverse neighborhoods, and when some are fool enough to believe it and move in with the blacks, it’s a crisis.
    It always amazes me that they can keep a straight face while they screech nonsense.

  • Cobblepot

    “Ultimately, she said, the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations that
    gentrification is a human-rights violation–when economic-development policies
    displace one ethnic group with another.”
    Replacing one ethnic group with another. Gee, sounds like what’s been going
    on with White America since the 1965 immigration act. As well as in other
    White nations for that matter. I guess minorities, or should I say global
    majorities do not like it when the shoe is on the other foot.

  • Malgus

    The negroes in Philly are crabbing about their ‘new neighbors’?

    Awww… poor you.

    Yeah, WE went through the same thing – our all-white neighborhoods infiltrated and then taken over by negroes. First came the ‘block busters’, then the swarm… anyone with enough sense and the means beat feet for a safer place. When the neighborhood became all-negro, you all destroyed it.

    Now, we’re taking them back, and you got the nerve to crab?

    Yeah… poor you.

    • Cid Campeador

      Really. I have a degree of certitude that the new “gentry” folks aren’t going around the former ” hood” punching out, shooting and raping the Afro-Residents and robbing stores. Oh wait, there AREN’T any stores left in those areas. The “retail” entrepreneurs and entrepreneuses have long since fled for their lives. The Human RIght violators will have to start from scratch.

  • Luca

    I believe the closest ebonic synonym for “Gentrified’ is “Bamboozled”.

    Teacher: “Jamalicus, in one sentence, please describe the current demographic shift in your neighborhood.

    Jamalicus: “Lawd hab moicy teacha, weez been bamboozled by dem White interlopers, deyz movin into da hood, dats wat I’m tawken bout”

    Teacher: “Class, let’s give Jamalicus a big hand.”

  • Katherine McChesney

    ‘Sister Empress Phile.’

    LOL, another of those ridiculous black names.

  • Brian

    the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations that gentrification
    is a human-rights violation–when economic-development policies displace
    one ethnic group with another.
    ===
    Ah, you mean like what’s happening in every white country in the GD world? Or like happened to the white neighborhoods in all our cities?

    WTH do these people want? Integration or segregation?

  • If I see any new blacks in my community I will contact UN.

  • dewdly

    My once white neighborhood is being taken over by Mexicans and Oaxacans, but I am certain that kind of displacement does not qualify as a human rights violation.

  • negrolocaust

    A BLACK baltimore police officer just beat a 7 month old jack russel terrier to death and tossed it in a trash can then sent pictures of it to the owner.

  • Dirk_Pitt

    But I thought we were all the same so why does it matter who moves where?