I mean, the logic of the author seems sound, but to me the difference is that
Every person in the room was white. Every person had graduated from a relatively prestigious four-year college.
these people are always such herbs. and this guy just wrote a get-out-of-jail-free card for themselves.
yeah, I’m white. yeah, I’ve lived in the places that my presence made it OK for these dudes to move in. but I grew up occasionally on public assistance. I went to 50/50 public schools (depending on where I was uprooted to at that time.) the university I did not graduate from was not prestigious at all–it was the cheapest option. I only mention these things because even when I lived in the West End–literally the hood–it never felt like “oh boy, here I go,” it was just normal. I mean, I know there are a lot of scholarship cases, but basically, when we’re talking about “went to a prestigious college,” them moving to these areas is literally the first time they’ve downgraded in their entire lives. philosophically, they can understand their place and their impact, but my contention is that if they were able to just blend a bit, this whole chain of events would slow down as to be manageable. I could be wrong, but I just wanted to get that off my chest.
It’s like, as soon as white folks started to move into the 4th Ward, suddenly there was a wack, white-person-styled bumper sticker that they could advertise that they were “supporting” their neighborhood. dog, are you serious? why are you blowing up your spot like that? what is the point of that? the answer is: you think you’re special. Just let it go, fuck.
I imagine SF is a very peculiar case, since those employable in the highest level of the tech sector seem to favor an advanced case of “unable to blend.”
I dunno, there’s no easy answers but I’m just speaking from what I’ve seen. I’m sure all the black dudes in the West End thought I was a herb, too, so whatever. I only know about housing as far as “where can I afford to live” rather than as a “lifestyle choice.”
I wonder if this is like when the bottom fell out of feudal Japan. The samurai class was aimlessly wandering around in a similar way–educated, designated as “high class,” and faced with a downgrade for the first time in their history.