We Don't Take Kindly

This article does an absolutely terrific job of showing just how scary it is to be a minority in the suburbs. 

David Brewington, a black 18-year-old student from Albany, moved to Troy in January. Over his first three months in town, Brewington was stopped by police “once or twice a week,” he said. “We just be walking and they pull us over for no reason.”

White people are turning to the police force as a tool of oppression.

But unlike in Balch Springs, Ferguson, Baton Rouge, Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Chicago, black residents are still a slim minority in Troy and in the growing number of other diversifying cities where police misconduct affects communities without the numbers to turn an election or flood the streets. Instead, police in these places face pressures levied by anxious white constituents who expect officers to hold the line against the unwanted elements invading their communities.

While the article does a great job of highlight the underlaying racism prevalent across our country, it also gives a cursory look into the decaying state of our economic system. The whole point of dense urban areas is that they are supposed to make the conveniences of life most affordable at the cost of some privacy and physical space. The current reality is that cities are quickly becoming too expensive to afford even when accepting these trade offs. It does not seem like a good sign for our nation's long term economic viability if the working class cannot afford to live in cities.