Seattle Protesters With The S**ts Head To Upscale Neighborhood And Lambast Gentrification
A demonstration in Seattle called out gentrification and the destruction of Black neighborhoods.
August 14, 2020 at 10:07 pm
Protests over police brutality and racism are still raging across the country despite the dip in news coverage. Most major cities are still seeing weekly demonstrations, and Seattle is no different.
A passionate group of protesters turned heads on Wednesday when they staged a large event in an upscale neighborhood in the West Coast city.
“Do you know that before your white a*s came here, this was all Black people? … Do you know people like you came in here and basically bought all the land from the Black people for less than what it was worth, kicked them out so you could live here? Do you know that?” an unnamed protester said as a crowd stood outside of apartment buildings.
“Cause if you don’t, now you f**king do — now do something about it! … So how do you plan to fix it? As a gentrifier, because you are part of that problem, how do you plan to fix it?” he added.
Seattle BLM protesters march through residential neighborhoods and demand white people give up their homes.
“Give up your house. Give Black people back their homes.” “what are you going to do about it? Open up your wallets.”pic.twitter.com/btRzqos0IR
— Katie Daviscourt???????? (@KatieDaviscourt) August 14, 2020
Another protester in the video said, "Give Black people back their homes! You’re sitting there comfortably — comfortable as f**k as if they didn’t 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!”
Other videos showed another section of the protest where demonstrators spoke about the effects of gentrification and their desire for something to be done about neighborhoods where residents are being pushed out.
Seattle is the third-most gentrified city in the country according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The city has seen some of the biggest protests in the country since people took to the streets after the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd earlier this year.