#BRONXFACES Shaira/1989/Pelham Gardens
"In light of recent events - specifically where the South Bronx has been pegged as one of the "52 places you must go to in 2017," according to some sucio from the New York Times - I'd like for every one to finally take one good look at this borough and finally give it the credit it has been owed for decades. The Bronx is a mecca - for food, for the last real shred of that "old" New York City grime, a thriving DIY music and arts scene (which are run by femmes!) - and it always has been that way. Respect that fact. Respect those who have been doing the work to keep it a mecca - whether through grassroots activism or community organizations. To the inevitable newcomers who fall for the hype - respect us for the resiliency we have as a people. This borough is not "the next big thing" in developer's standards. Our 'hoods are not a playpen for agents of the state to hyperpolice youth and segregate our already overpopulated, underfunded public schools. Our neighborhoods are not to be redlined again and again to fulfill some shady "rezoning" plans that will inevitably displace the very people that sustain themselves in said areas. You will not call us unhealthy while completely ignoring food apartheid that exists in the Bronx and has been perpetuated for ages. You will not make the assumption that the Bronx is "booming" because we've gotten more (low wage retail) jobs here. You will not call the cops on our loud summer block parties or snitch on Mohammad's bodega cat. You will not listen to the powers that be over who we are as a community, or over the things we supposedly need. You will start to listen to us - whether we call ourselves Bronxites or Bronxinians, from the Concourse to Co-Op and everywhere in between."
Made with watercolor paint, cardboard, mixed media paper, polyester yarn, beads, glitter, and Pokémon cards. 17 x 8.5.” 2017.
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