When Black Neighborhoods Become White: This is HILARIOUS!

by Friday, November 22, 2013


Gentrification: the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.


Gentrification: When Black neighborhoods become White.

We’ve seen it occur in plenty of communities in Chicago. Check out this video by comedian Michael Che that perfectly describes what happens when a neighborhood becomes gentrified. P.S. Isn’t his accent cute? Sounds like 50 cent :)

Have you experienced gentrification in your neighborhood? Did it hurt or help the community?

27 Responses
  • The Editor In Chic
    November 22, 2013

    Bwahahaha! This is hilarious. Great find!

  • Laura
    November 22, 2013

    New York has become the gentrified Mecca. It’s crazy how true this video is. Bodegas here aren’t the same. In came organic food markets, coffee shops and cupcake bakeries. It’s crazy out here. The only thing gentrification has done here is made areas that you were once afraid to walk through now overpriced to live in. It’s crazy.

  • Bernetta
    November 22, 2013

    Good stuff!! I was cracking up at the Green tea cookies!! Then the newports at the end! Funny yet something to think about!

  • Angel Y.
    November 22, 2013

    I grew up in Decatur, GA and it was totally becoming gentrified when we moved out. I drove through earlier this year and it’s completely gentrified which is pretty intriguing. It was weird seeing a hispter dog park on the “bad side of town” where we avoided like the plague when I was kid.

    • Nikki
      December 1, 2013

      Wow! I grew up in Decatur as well! But I’ve lived in NYC for the past 8yrs.. It’s interesting that you shared this… Last time I visited GA was briefly 4yrs ago.. Thanx for sharing this… In NYC gentrification is happening all over. Never would have guessed that it’s happening right where I grew up in the south as well… Its pretty interesting, because one thing I’ve always appreciated about the south, is that it was slow to change. Seems like that’s no longer true…

  • Demetra
    November 22, 2013

    “green tea gourmet cookies”…”WHO WOULD DO THAT TO A COOKIE?”” This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time

  • Kimberly Marie
    November 22, 2013

    Lol!!! This is super accurate. I live in the downtown area of long beach, ca and back in the day it was filled with homeless folks and tons of drugs. Now? It’s being gentrified with high rise expensive lofts, hipster shops and boutiques galore. I love it!

    • deepfreeze
      November 26, 2013


    • Ihatestupidpeople
      November 27, 2013

      So youre a rich white girl who doesn’t understand the process that is going on. Youre just fuel for a bad fire. Now go to your coffee shop and continue to ignore it as the world around you changes

  • foodfashionandflow
    November 24, 2013

    The Leimert Park are of Los Angeles is on its way to becoming gentrified. This clip was so funny, LOL. laughing at the Newport at the end, ROFL

  • Timber
    November 24, 2013

    Sea salt!

  • C
    November 25, 2013

    Best quote: “green tea cookie” …. “who would do that to a cookie!”

  • K maranto
    November 26, 2013

    Pilates all day every day… I love theses guys

  • Adan R. Ortega
    November 27, 2013

    So good. Interesting tho, that this is airing on mtv (albeit th ‘other’ network. ..is it a website?). What level of gentrification are we at when mtv is endorsing a critical discussion??

  • Whit
    November 28, 2013

    I live in Harlem in renovated project buildings. When I moved here, all of the buildings had predominately African American people and their families in them. Now, my rent has gone up from the original price by $300 and when I was taking the trash out the other day I found out I had Asian and Indian neighbors. I feel like, once they start moving in then I MUST be living above my pay grade… which I am…lol. Soon Harlem will be one big Red Rooster. They’re building a Whole Foods on 125th and Lenox. A WHOLE FOODS!? Sigh. I’m going to miss this apartment.

  • bkboy
    November 29, 2013

    white neighborhoods get gentrified too, and the cultural changes are just as apparent

  • Ess
    November 30, 2013

    “Nah son get the Fiji” Lmao, people really do this!! (tap water is more heavily regulated anyway, fyi)

  • harrynutz
    December 1, 2013

    Sadly this has been in the making for decades. Flood the urban communities with drugs, cuts on education. watch them all kill themselves, get locked up or move out. Make it unliveable, bring the property value down to peanuts watch those who can afford it buy it up. It’s not a white or black thing its a class $$ thing.

  • TH
    December 2, 2013

    I live in Bronzeville and it hasn’t gotten this bad-yet-but with the redo of 31st St beach, white people have discovered you won’t get shot if you travel south of Roosevelt and the neighborhood is definitely shifting.

  • Milaxx
    December 2, 2013

    Too true. I live in Philly. There’s a train station near me that for 20+ years you never used at night and even then if it wasn’t rush hour, you ran through the tunnels. Suddenly it’s being completely remodeled, made ADA accessible, etc… They also re-accessed our real estate taxes and there are professional offices and new apartment buildings going up. You can practically smell the gentrification in the air.

  • Phil
    December 2, 2013

    I moved out of the East Village (where the video was filmed) 10 years ago. Say what you will about gentrification, at least the heroin needles on the sidewalk disappeared (that’s not a joke).

  • Ashley
    December 3, 2013

    That was hilarious, thanks for sharing.

  • attacktheory
    December 3, 2013

    were those two guys twins in the shop? they looked identical, am i the only person who noticed this?

  • jeste
    December 3, 2013

    but…are they walking out of the store w/o payin’. that’s harsh.

  • John
    December 13, 2013

    I do not see a problem…safer neighborhoods, less crime, small businesses thriving, and no more drugs. Sounds great

    • Nikki and The City
      December 13, 2013

      Sounds racist

      • BILL
        August 8, 2014

        You Nikki sound like a racist, why is ok to make fun of white people, if whites said the same thing about their neighborhoods changing and now the stores are selling fried chicken and taco’s, and how I miss the green tea cookies I grew up on as a child ,you can’t have it both ways, many of these neighborhoods were originally white and then turned back to white. I would rather live in a safe area than a drug infested crime ridden one. it is about income, rich folks of any color can afford these areas. there are plenty of poor white areas that have gone thru this process. what about the black areas that are now hispanic and where english isn’t even spoken

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