Friday, February 10, 2012
youngmanhattanite: pareene: jawnita: aberjona:
ALSO, can we stop creating this false dichotomy between Portland and Brooklyn? People are comparing a small-sized city with a legitimately white-majority population, to some myopic media perception of maybe like one or two neighborhoods in THE MOST POPULATED BOROUGH OF NEW YORK CITY. Brooklyn has 3 fucking million people living in it, and Mr and Ms Media Reducto over here are reducing it to a few banal and dated stereotypes about the privileged white people who live on Bedford Avenue and/or Park Slope. GUESS WHAT, Williamsburg existed before “hipsters” moved there. This borough is 42% white, 35% Latino, 34% Black, AND ALL LOVE. Whereas Portland’s community of color is largely relegated to outlying suburbs and neighborhoods still affected by the segregating effects of redlining in the 1940s, and is stuck with a “liberal” white community that is so scared to admit it might be racist that its lack of dialogue and overt white-niceness towards blacks and Latinos there completely otherizes them in a totally condescending way. ANYWAY! STOP SAYING THE TERM “BROOKLANDIA,” and also PORTLAND IS NOT A UTOPIA FOR NOT-WHITE PEOPLE.