White Ignorance and the Struggle Against Gentrification in Halifax, Past and Present

When: Wed., May 20, 6-8 p.m. 2015

This talk aims to enliven anti-gentrification struggles in the present through a critical look at the struggles of the past. Through gentrification per se began in the 1970s, similar processes of displacement (and resistance to it) have occurred in Halifax since its founding on unceded Mi'kmaw territory in 1749. Focusing on three historical moments, the talk will suggest that resistance to displacement has generally been weakened by white activists' failure to recognize the social specificity (rather than universality) of their experiences and interests – a weakness that could be overcome in present struggles through more concerted efforts to build anti-racism into anti-displacement activism.

Price: free

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