Latino Population Leaving Bushwick, Brooklyn- It Matters

The ongoing gentrification of Bushwick, Brooklyn is an important issue because it is something that directly affects and displaces disenfranchised working class people. These working class people are apart of a variety of ethnicities, races, and genders, they include, people from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Asia and African American people. People of racial and economic privilege have moved into Bushwick, Brooklyn in order avoid the cost of Manhattan prices (a bit of a contradiction on their part, Bushwick is close to Manhattan prices now), as result, the prices in Bushwick have gone up and the native population are being displaced.

My ecology matters on the macro level because people are being kicked out of their homes. They are being forced to live else where like deeper into Brooklyn, the Bronx and even out of New York. On the micro level those who remain feel a disconnect with the incoming demographic and with their neighborhood as a whole. This disconnect comes from the newer population not willing to engage with the locals in terms of shopping at their business, talking to them and social things of that nature.

My ecology relates to the reading Autonomy of Affect by Brian Musumi becaus the study of affect is essential to how certain stimuli make people feel. Those who are displaced or still remain in Bushwick, are susceptible to many of the stimuli produced by the new demographic and produces affect. With this being said, it is important to consider affect when people are responding to something, in this case, their loved ones and neighbors being displaced.

Another reading that relates to my ecology would have to be Valerie Kuletz, Nuclear Wasteland and Kim Stringfellow, Greetings from the Salton Sea not necessarily in the theoretical sense but in the sense that they both deal with physical locations, people’s living spaces and what some can consider geographic racism.

One may ask why is this important? Some may say, “it has always been that way, there is nothing you can do”. I tend to dismiss statements that disregard social construct and are rooted in Social Darwinism. The bottom line is, people are being displaced, businesses are closing down, these people need a voice and that is why my ecology matters.


Works Cited

Kuletz, Valerie. The Tainted Desert: Environmental Ruin in the American West. New York: Routledge, 1998. Print.

Massumi, Brian. “The Autonomy of Affect.” Parables for the Virtual (2002): 23-45. Web.

Stringfellow, Kim. Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005

~ by michaelrivasnyu on March 27, 2017.