Good Morning Mission!

On Folsom byEsther Reyes

It’s 6 a.m., 45° and headed to 68° with a 51 percent chance that rain will come in on Wednesday. Details for the next 10 days are here.

City College Celebrated. The Sunday Chronicle ran a long piece on City College and its graduates. It’s impossible to think that it is threatened with closure. Read this and you’ll want to sign up for a class.

SF is Congested, Racist, Incestuous and Overpriced? At least according to Tim Bray, a Canadian software developer who San Francisco Magazine writes about. 

Vintage Fracking. Grist has a slideshow on a New York-based artist who has created fracking scenes with vintage figurines and postcards. 

Enjoy the day!

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  1. John

    When Bray says that San Francisco is racist, it’s important to understand what he actually means. I’m not sure you do know that, given this response:

    “But racist? That’s pretty harsh. It’s not like San Francisco has lost 32% of its black residents in the last two decades. Or that the city is rapidly gentrifying its historically Latino neighborhood. No way are we racist.”

    Now, Bray didn’t expound on his categorization of the Bay Area as “racist”. But the response above focuses only on San Francisco whereas Bray’s comment was about the Bay Area, so somebody either misread or misunderstood Bray.

    Even assuming that a third of blacks have left SF (possibly true) and that Hispanics are being “driven out” (far less obviously true), my response to that is a big “so what”? That doesn’t imply racism – just a gradually shifting economic and demographic dynamic.

    Moreover, the Asian population is large and growing. How is that racism?

    And many of the blacks and hispanics who have left the city have either gone to another part of the Bay Area, or have moved further afield. Either way, many whites have done the same thing.

    It’s possible that Bray meant something else altogether i.e. that San Francisco is very tribal, leading to fierce rivalries and intolerance between different socio-economic groups. And that we are overlaid with some particularly precious political correctness here, which can often show itself as racism against whites, along with all the usual manifestations of envy and stereotyping.

    All that said, Bray isn’t a big hitter. So why all the angst, unless his words hit a nerve and some folks are protesting a suspiciously large amount?

    • nutrisystem

      I’ve heard observations of American (not just Bay Area) racism from foreigners several times. And I believe they mean something a little different than we think of as racism…

      For example, a recent arrival from Northern Europe said “everyone who works in the cafeteria is black or Latino yet nobody who works at the company is black or Latino!”

      She interpreted this situation as racism rather than just the outcome of market forces.

      • Jim

        “The outcome of market forces” is rather a glib way of excusing structural racism. When you see other parts of the country such as Atlanta where there is not such a stark divide between the races in the jobs people are doing, the problem in the Bay Area becomes much clearer.

        This is something to work on, not something to justify or excuse as being about “market forces.”

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