Gentrification and policing are connected. “Revitalization” and development mean more police, more surveillance, and as a result, more racism against Black people. Police become a strategic way to help displace Black residents through criminalization, and newcomers know how to help.
Black neighborhoods can’t rely on police – and gentrification increases policing. If we prioritize resources like fair housing for all and community land trusts in our communities instead of police, we can fight gentrification and police violence at the same time!