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This Is How You Don’t Talk About Gentrification


Here’s a pro tip: if you’re gentrifying a historically minority neighborhood, don’t be a d*ck about it.

You’re welcome, brown people.


On Tuesday, Reddit user laika_cat uploaded the above photo to the Los Angeles subgroup, along with the headline, “Gentrification in Highland Park has reached new lows, apparently.”

For the unfamiliar, Highland Park is a northeastern neighborhood in Los Angeles that’s very much a Latino part of town. In 2000, Latinos made up more than 70 percent of the population. That was 16 years ago. Nowadays, Highland Park has a reputation of attracting a hipper (read most likely white) and monied (again, white) crowd. As the Los Angeles Weekly declared back in 2012, Highland Park is the new Echo Park, which was also an L.A. neighborhood that went from being historically Latino to hipster (not to be repetitive, but white) crowd.

The sign was hung up by the contracting company in charge of the project, not by the homeowners themselves, who claim that the house has belonged to their family for more than 30 years. That doesn’t matter though. Why? Because…

People are pissed off and tweeting about it.

Credit: @mimilovesmojito/Twitter
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It’s easy to see why people are reacting so strongly the the sign. After all, that passive aggressive sign is straight up telling a largely Latino population that they should be thanking white people for improving their neighborhoods. It’s as callous as the gentrification of  what’s been taking place in areas like Austin, Tex. Sometimes, gentrification can be deadly, like when it gets to a point where a person of color who grew up in a particular neighborhood becomes an intruder in his/her own hood.

And look, gentrification isn’t entirely bad, especially if it’s done in a manner that is inclusive of the community it’s seeking to improve. Boyle Heights, another Latino heavy neighborhood, is lauded for its gentrification. Let’s do more of this.

READ: Latinos Pushed Out of One of San Francisco’s Coolest Neighborhoods

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Christian Louboutin Introduces Nude Flats In A Variety Of Skin Tones (Rejoice!)


Christian Louboutin Introduces Nude Flats In A Variety Of Skin Tones (Rejoice!)

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“Nude” is often a misnomer in the realms of fashion and beauty. If you’ve ever struggled to find nude bras or a nude lipstick, you’ve quickly discovered that these are made for exactly one shade of light-to-medium-beige person, often with vaguely orange undertones.

Fortunately, more and more companies — like L’Oréal and NubianSkin — are expanding their definition of nude to include a wider variety of skin shades.

Christian Louboutin previously added heels in various shades to its nudes collection and is now following up with a point-toe ballerina flat available in seven nude shades, from their palest (Nude #1), to their deepest (Nude #7). They announced the new line with beautiful, ballet-inspired campaign:

Longer legs? Yes, please! Shop nudes in our bio. ? @sofiaandmauro

A photo posted by Christian Louboutin (@louboutinworld) on

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  Here’s a closer look at the shoes:

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The shoes are currently available for pre-order and will set you back a cool $595. Hopefully, the company’s move will inspire other, sliiiightly less expensive retailers to offer a range of nude shoes as well.

READ: From Shakira To Miss Universe: Colombian Women Who Slay The Fashion Game

What do you think of the collection? Also, do you have $595 we can borrow? Let us know in the comments.

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