We are very pleased to feature a guest post by Michael Clarkson, a “70 years young” Afrikan International Freedom Fighter. He works with KonsciousKontractors which focus its primary work inside Ti Ayiti ( Lil Haiti ). That French-Creole-speaking neighborhood, settled by Haitian exiles, has long been a lively cultural center for Haitian and Caribbean culture. Clarkson references Wilfrid Deleus, a renowned Haitian painter who died last year while unable to pay his rent. Little Haiti now faces the eradication of its rich and distinct culture, as it has become one of the prime targets of the Miami Gentrification machine, along with other poor Black communities such as Overtown, Coconut Grove and Liberty City. They call it “Climate Gentrification,” as wealthy Miami residents flee rising sea levels, and drive out poorer residents, while turning the city into an ever-expanding playground for the tourist industry. Clarkson and others are fighting back, and he states that he is “still standing as an example of resistance to continued oppression & exploitation by capitalist/imperialism worldwide!”
The domesticated colonies of Black, Brown, Poor & Working Poor inside North amerikkka, have become the victims of the War of Gentrification.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, October 16, 2018 — It is as though the Archangel St. Michael looms over the Florida Panhandle, gazing upon mile after mile of devastation, while the lead article by columnist John Romano in the Saturday Tampa Bay Times plaintively asks:
“Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?”
He then goes forth to blame the people of Florida:
“When it comes to storms, we’ve got the best experience misery can buy. We’ve been hit by major hurricanes in the Southeast (Andrew) and the Southwest (Charley). We’ve had hurricanes slowly creep south to north (Irma) and east to west (Jeanne). We’ve taken repeated hits (Opal, Dennis and Michael) in the panhandle every 10 years or so.
“So let me ask you this: Why are we so slow to learn? … The problem is our leaders get lax. We allow them to be forgetful.”
On the morning of July 3, 2018, two crews showed up without warning at a wooded lot on North Halifax Avenue in Daytona Beach. Brandishing chainsaws and other implements of destruction, they set about hacking down underbrush, small trees, and 29-inch, 32-inch and 38-inch Live Oaks of a size as to be deemed “historic.” Destroyed along with the site and buried in mulch were the archaeological remains (human and otherwise) of a Native American village that had occupied that beautiful land some 2,000 years ago.
Also destroyed, by the way, were the homes of about 50 homeless people who had been living there, along with the few shards of their belongings.