Rose Hackman of The Guardian considers the implications of rapidly gentrifying Harlem. She speaks with Professor Davarian Baldwin who considers the question of who gets to claim Harlem’s history, and reminds us of the importance of remembering the full sociopolitical context of the Harlem renaissance.
Baldwin, who is, among other things, a scholar of the Harlem Renaissance, says the commodification of selective aspects of black culture is something that comes with heavy questions and implications. The Harlem Renaissance included activism around labor, housing and politics, he says – subjects that tend to be brushed to one side within this current context.
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