New York City can be alive with vibrant authentic multi-cultures living side by side. The night clubs light up the neighborhoods, whether it’d be Latin, Jazz, Rock, Soul, Arabic, Chinese, etc., you are guaranteed to find your flavor. Imagine colorful people everywhere go. Now, they too, are facing an ethnic cleansing. Many are finding themselves being driven out of their native neighborhoods. Buildings previously owned by Landlords are now being bought via heavy-hitter real estate investors, who in turn build outrageously priced condos/coop complexes or more ritzy hotels. Perfect example is the Upper Westside of Harlem. What’s next? Perhaps bringing Vegas into Manhattan is in the works. Rob the people and bring more money in so that only the ‘untouchables’ can roll the dice. The corporate investors have forced out the native tenants, and their choices are to live elsewhere or become the norm, which is the growing number of homeless people. The only sound heard from the neighborhood is our memory lingering in the air every so often when we experience a ‘déjà vu’.
As I was walking through the streets in the evening, heading towards downtown Manhattan, out of nowhere stood a brand new hotel. It was not quite finished but it definitely stuck out like a sore thumb in the middle of the block, and opened for business. Why would they have a weird designed hotel in the middle of this neighborhood? Surrounding were the old original architectural buildings with fire escapes and small restaurants managed probably by the same owners for decades. I already knew in my heart the plan that was transpiring. The neighborhood will be going through a facelift.
Heading back towards uptown was another situation. Homeless people everywhere and I’m talking about decent neighborhoods in Manhattan all in mid-town areas. They would lie on their spots marked exclusively just for them. That was their territory. Homeless people lying in front of Deli’s in the neighborhood and no one would bother them. Sleep and be warm. I wondered if the Deli’s workers fed them too because, they would stand and watch over them. What else can we do? We give what we can. I have never seen so many homeless especially among the youth. Maybe I have, and only now able to connect the dots.
What is more shocking is the youth that are homeless come in all shades. They seem to huddle together and keep each other company. They should be in school. What happened to them? Where are their families? Yet, I respect them. They are survivors in a society that is robbing them and also being deprived of what used to be the ‘American Dream’. An ethnic cleansing of the mind is genocidal!
Immigration equals ethnic cleansing. We argue over immigration crisis, just take a look at the city streets of Manhattan or any major USA city. It is now, I will say, ‘we are living in a mixed neighborhood’. The homeless are growing versus the elite with the police state enforcements in between. It’s not just here but worldwide.
On my way home, I leaned against the window on the train ride. At this point I just want to relax, but my mind drifted to all the pictures and articles of war torn countries in the Middle East, Ukraine, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Incompetent world leaders seemed to be destroying them as well with the notion of fighting ‘terrorism’. The natives from these countries are purposely being driven out of their homes and adding to the world population of homeless and immigration. It is true that in the USA drones are not being used to destroy our homes, but those bulldozers are just as effective. Let’s not forget the elite don’t seem to mind, all they do is move into a newly built residency. I will add that in between they are overstepping the homeless as if they were non-existent. The death toll is too alarming to go into elsewhere. But, Americans are experiencing a slower death and betrayal of its own. Hence our own ethnic cleansing has been in progress. Finding a place to sleep or food to eat has become extremely stressful. The elite seem to be preparing for a mass exodus. Only the masses are awakening. Is it too late?
Whether they are homeless or looking for residency that is affordable to keep their bodies warm and have food on the table, they are still being forced out from the norm and venturing into a new environment and faced with unfamiliar challegenes. Frightening don’t you think? It’s up to the people to recognize that what is being done outside the USA is creeping up in our own neighborhoods. I see it in mine. Why can’t you? We are forcibly being pushed out while the elite move in.
What are we going to do about it?