Thanks for sharing this. It makes great points about the book and the court case, but the title of the documentary about Mr. Broadwater really made me cringe. I get that it’s marketing and a way to link to the memoir. However, luck had far less to do with what happened to him than a system that commits injustice by design.
same in portland oregon. back in the 70s i think? their city seized a core strip of black businesses to expand a hospital, and then never expanded that hospital. so it’s parking lots ( and maybe a park? ) today
that was after building a couple of highways right there too
When they built I-20 in GA, it went right the fuck through the Black community downtown (Auburn ave, old 4th Ward, etc).
it’s funny how a certain set of people are always all “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” while literally digging the ground out beneath people’s feet
There are more examples upthread. Hopefully, the Biden administration’s plans will deliver on the promise to help communities that suffered losses because of past policies:
They know what they’re doing.
Exact same for I-10 through New Orleans; they chose a route that ruined Black-owned businesses in the Treme while helping white-owned businesses nearer the river. Its finally getting some national discussion after 50 years, but the harm can’t be undone.
I think SC is literally doing it outside Charleston as we speak…
Have they never heard of digital Blackface?
That reminds me of this…
One more on this story…
People moving back to rural areas - working to undo power imbalances in Black communities by bringing businesses and services to marginalized people:
Results of social and political action after Michael Brown was killed in 2014: