If we have learned anything from Gina Rodriguez’s constant (and, at this point, intentional) faux pas’, it is that Black is not synonymous with people of color. Although the terms can be used interchangeably, and usually are, we must be nuanced when we discuss race in 2019.
In a beautifully articulated article for Independent CO UK, Tolani Shoneye explained this much better than I can.
Where Jay Z, Chicago, and gentrification intertwine
Chicago’s 20th Ward Ald. Jeanette Taylor (standing) speaks at an assembly to address the development of the Barack Obama Presidential Center while 5th Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston (seated) looks on. Their wards are both located in the neighborhood where the center will be built. (PHOTO: Javanna Plummer)
“We don’t go out, can’t wish us away,” sang Jamila Woods on "BALDWIN," a song from her album LEGACY! LEGACY! In a later line, she added, “Condo climbing high, now the block the block is erased.” A Chicago native, Woods used this song as an opportunity to shed light on the city’s gentrification. However, she did not let this activism stop with the song.
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