Troy Posted October 26, 2021 Report Share Posted October 26, 2021 Over 20 years ago I moved back to my old neighborhood, with my family. In many ways it was a completely different neighbor. There was far less crime and no vacant lots. Banks, grocery stores, and other businesses one would expect in a community were now present. @Delano has been to this place. The generified Harlem. Technically, I was a "gentrifier," someone coming into an impoverished neighborhood with contrasting middle class values. Having come from the very neighborhood, I knew better than to come in with guns blazing trying to impose bougie middle class values on the people already there. This is a mistake my white counterpart often made. Of course middle class people and lower class people will clash. It does not mean the people are inherently "bad" they have different often conflicting sensibilities, which leads to very different behaviors. One of these behaviors is blasting music for no good reason. For several eyas there was a guy who lived behind my million dollar brownstone who blasted music, speaker facing outward, for no reason that I could discern. I could not get into the building to talk to the person, the city's 311 number was useless, I just had to accept it. in 2006 I bogged about this, "Can Black People Go 5 Minutes Without Music?" It is one of my most popular Blog posts. I get comments weekly. Below is one I got a couple of hours ago: I hear u. I live in east NY bklyn it's pretty bad here 2. Only when it rains or the weather is so crappy u can't be outside. I'm talking to you today on October 2021. We had heavy rains and street flooding all night into the mid morning. As soon as the rains ended they were back out w/ the boomboxes + car stereos etc. I mean like within minutes after the rains stopped. Someone on this thread said BLACK PEOPLE MUST HAVE THE ''THUMP'', this I agree with completely. it's almost as if the neighborhood EXPECTS it. It's all over here in this area. Why do people tolerate it? My guess is they DGAF & don't care how intrusive it is. it is a cultural thing. This happens in poor black areas not just in bklyn I'm betting. High unemployment rates and truancy give mostly young black males alotta time 2 hang around and do this. Since they don't have jobs they can indulge in thisbassholery all day, every day.. it's maddening. Some of the comments I received over the years were blatantly racist. Race has nothing to do with class, but the title of my Blog post fails to make that distinction. A couple of years ago added an addendum to my original blog post pointing out that I deliberately used a provocative title to attract attention (a tactic that worked), but more importantly to emphasize that "...my title for this blog post was ill-conceived, as it implies; blasting music in public is something only Black people do." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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