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Gentrification July 12, 1991

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Jason "Furious" Styles - Laurence Fishbourne - makes a street lecture on how gentrification happens in the black community in the 1991 crime film, Boyz n the Hood.

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FURIOUS: I want y'all to look at that sign up there. See what it says? "Cash for your home." You know what that is?

RICKY & TRE: It's a billboard. Billboard.

FURIOUS: What are y'all, Amos and Andy? Are you Steppin' and he's Fetchit? I'm talking about the message. What it stands for. It's called "gentrification." It's what happens when property value of a certain area is brought down. Huh? You listening?

TRE: Yeah.

FURIOUS: They bring the property value down. They can buy the land at a lower price. Then they move the people out, raise the value and sell it at a profit. What we need to do is we need to keep everything in our neighbourhood, everything, black. Black-owned with black money. Just like the Jews, the Italians, the Mexicans and the Koreans do.

MAN: Ain't nobody from outside bringing down the property value. It's these folk! Shooting each other and selling that crack rock and shit.

FURIOUS: How you think crack gets into the country? We don't own any planes. We don't own no ships. We are not the people who are flying and floating that shit in here. I know, every time you turn on a TV, that's what you see. Black people selling the rock, pushing the rock, pushing the rock. Yeah, I know. But it wasn't a problem as long as it was here. Wasn't a problem until it was in Iowa and ot showed up on Wall Street where there are hardly any black people. If you want to talk about guns, why is it that there's a gun shop on almost every corner in this community?

MAN: Why?

FURIOUS: I'll tell you why. Fort he same reason that there's a liquor store on almost every corner in the black community. Why? They want us to kill ourselves. You go out to Beverly Hills, you don't see that shit. But they want to us to kill ourselves. Yeah, the best way you can destroy a people is to take away their ability to reproduce themselves. Who is it that's dying out here on these streets every night? Y'all.

MAN: Yeah.

FURIOUS: Young brothers like yourselves.

BLACK KID: What am I supposed to do? Fool roll up, try to smoke me? I'm gonna shoot the motherfucker if he don't kill me first.

FURIOUS: You doing exactly what they want you to do. You have to think, young brother, about your future.

Jason Styles: Gentrification

July 12, 1991 (almost 29 years ago)

Jason "Furious" Styles - Laurence Fishbourne - makes a street lecture on how gentrification happens in the black community in the 1991 crime film, Boyz n the Hood.

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