After reading the article, I can see both sides of the argument. On one hand, you have Black people who are trying to create a better life for themselves and their family. Subsequently, they move into neighborhoods where White people are the majority, and live the life they are striving for.
On the flip side, some White people, who believe they are entitled to (or are already accustomed to)a certain degree of socioeconomic luxury, view the influx of Blacks moving into "their" neighborhood as a sign of regression.
Part of the reason this occurs is due to the many stereotypes which continually plague the Black race. Unfortunately, many stereotypes are gross exaggerations of small truths. I know, because I live in the ghetto (I have also lived in a predominantly White community, and I can honestly say that SOME Black people continually inject life into these stereotypes.
As a race, Black people have yet to learn that we will always be under the microscope of societal scrutiny, and thus be judged harder on every front. That's just the way it is. Although the meaning of the word ghetto can be fundamentally applied to ANY RACE, it's usually a term that's relegated to Black and Brown people. On that note, if what the White people/residents are saying is true, the Black residents should get their act together. If it's not true, then all involved in creating false allegations should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Additionally, we must empower ourselves through acknowledgement of our own ignorance. Then, we must work to empower each other, and in so doing, be stronger as a people.
I wish all of the MTO family blessings for the new year!
2009.....It's Our Time!!