Although it has been almost three months since George Floyd’s murder, protestors continue to speak out against racial injustice in America. As more Black Americans feel the pressures of being Black in America – with higher death rates from COVID-19 due to longstanding racial inequalities as well as lower salaries than white counterparts – protests continue across the country. But in Seattle, Washington, one group of protestors caught the attention of the local media when they marched through a Seattle neighborhood demanding that white residents “give us your homes.”
The Black Lives Matter protestors took to the streets of Seattle to confront the new residents who have pushed Black residents out due to gentrification. Gentrification occurs when real estate investors buy property in Black or Latino neighborhoods, renovate the homes, and then resell them at much higher rates. The process also includes an influx of corporate brands like Starbucks, Chipotle, and Whole Foods that work to increase real estate prices in the area. All of this serves to push lower-income residents out.
Last week, Black Lives Matter protestors decided to speak out against gentrification in Seattle. They took to the streets and confronted the comfortable white residents with a call to action that made them feel uncomfortable.
“All y’all white motherf***ers get the f*** out our neighborhoods so we can go back to [inaudible],” one protestor yelled. “Get the f*** out. Get the f*** out and give us our sh** back! Give us our sh** back. … Get the f*** out [and] give us our sh** back.”
“Pay the fee,” another one stated. “Open your purse.”
“Get this back, man, we coming for it, reparations,” the first protestor yelled. “Give us our sh** back. Give us our equity back.”
“Give us your house; give Black people back their homes. You’re sitting their comfortably, comfortable as f*** and [inaudible] help gentrify this neighborhood. I used to live in this neighborhood … and my family was pushed out, and you’re sitting up there having a good time with your other white friends.”
“Hey, you work for Amazon, don’t you. You work for Amazon, don’t you? Because the majority of the people that live in the Central District now work for Amazon because it’s an easier commute to [inaudible]. Well, guess what? The guy you work for is part of the f***ing problem, too. So, let’s not act like you just are oblivious to the sh** because you knew about it all along, and you’re okay with it. But guess what? We’re not, and we’re bringing it to your front f***in door. So what the f*** do you plan to do about it?”
Another protestor added, “We want it all. We want everything that we are supposed to have. Period. And then some, too, because everything we supposed to have ain’t enough. It damn sure ain’t enough. Not for all the years that we didn’t have to suffer, it damn sure ain’t enough. Do you feel what I’m saying? So like, [dead] serious man, like –”
By confronting white society, the Black Lives Matter protestors in Seattle have gained a lot of attention.
Every time you share an AWM story, you help build a home for a disabled veteran.