Houston Forward Times | A Dream Deferred for Who? Mayor Turner’s Halt of Housing Development Sparks Criticism – Houston Forward Times

Posted: August 28, 2016 in Welcome

Many African Americans across Houston have felt ‘disenfranchised’ and have dealt with the overarching effects of ‘gentrification’ for years, as they have consistently reached out to city officials and elected officials to help improve their neighborhoods and quality of life, while struggling to hold on to their property and land in areas that have long been considered strong, traditional African American areas. In order for any of that development and improvement to take place in their communities, however, Houston leaders would have to finally start speaking up and making some tough decisions that are critical to the long-term sustainability and growth of the Black community, while helping to improve traditional Black neighborhoods, in the way other more affluent areas across the city of Houston have been developed and improved. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term ‘gentrification’ is defined as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” Another term found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ‘disenfranchised,’ which is defined as “depriving someone of a legal right, or some privilege or immunity.”You may have become familiar with the term, ‘disenfranchised,’ especially over the last several years where civil rights activists have fought against Voter ID bills that were introduced and even passed in states like Texas. Many activists and even the U.S. Attorney General argued that these Voter ID bills would disenfranchise the voting rights of U.S. citizens, particularly African Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that these laws were unconstitutional.read more

Source: Houston Forward Times | A Dream Deferred for Who? Mayor Turner’s Halt of Housing Development Sparks Criticism – Houston Forward Times

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