Gentrification in the United States is more complicated than the naive idea that it revitalizes dilapidated communities. As it is currently practiced, gentrification accounts for economic racism for so many African Americans who are ultimately displaced from communities that have been historically Black. Low property rates are capitalized by high income people, shutting out Black businesses and public schools. It is not a quasi-collective good but a matter of social justice which devalues African American culture, history and economic determination.[1] It must be challenged by a more strategic model of revitalization.   

[1] “What We Don’t Understand about Gentrification.” Performance by Stacey Sutton, TEDx Talks, TEDxNewYork, 15 Jan. 2015,