Why It’s Important to Talk About Gentrification

Gentrification is a big word that is now often applicable in both London and the Bay Area (and I’m sure many other hubs of western capitalism). What themes and imagery come to mind when you hear that word? In all honesty the answer to that question is probably influenced by your skin colour and socioeconomic background. Initially when I think about gentrification I imagine an increase in hipster coffee shops and new high rise ‘luxury apartments’ that only employees of tech/other business industries can afford.  To others the word represents a much more impactful, familiar theme of perpetuated oppression, inequality … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Talk About Gentrification

Informing My American Identity; My Experience of White Privilege and the Choice to be an Ally

My American identity is something I will carry with me forever. A key informant to people about me. Something that differentiates me when I travel, or even when I am at home in London. My accent and white skin situate me within a certain demographic in global society, one which I’m not entirely comfortable with and don’t fully understand. My own privilege in this world is something that has been invisible to me up until quite recently. As far as I am aware, I have not faced racial prejudice when applying for jobs or making new friends. As far as … Continue reading Informing My American Identity; My Experience of White Privilege and the Choice to be an Ally