I do not think that it’s made the African American issues irrelevant but I do feel as if it has been somewhat of a distraction on a larger scheme of things, I feel like instead of looking inward as an African American at our own issues and working towards goals we are focused on what everyone else is doing in our community, I feel like it diminished it, but not made it irrelevant.
I feel that the fact if you look at diversity, it’s basically put other people’s issues in front of our own issue. If you look at the gay and lesbian community their issues are on the forefront now, placing our issues on the back burner, you look at gentrification all these things, diversity could be good but at this point I think it’s bad for the African American.
I do not believe diversity has diminished African American issues primarily because some of the challenges we have been faced with are specific and unique to our culture. I think movements like Black Lives Matter have also been instrumental in raising awareness of those issues.
In my opinion, I think it takes the focus off African American issues, I think diversity has easily dispersed the issues of our people.
So the question about diversity, I don’t believe its diminished our issues per say, Black issues are important to us as a community and we’ve always good at standing up for issues in the world view. I think we are proud of who we are and our heritage and we always ready to be in front of those issues.
“I grew up in the Central Area and I watched how the different changes started to occur, but now they’re so rampid to the point to where I don’t recognize my corners anymore. Its ok to bring White businesses as long as we mix it up a little bit. I see absolutely no Black businesses other than the Seattle Medium, still surviving and a couple of little grocery stores on the side, but no one from the original Black community. I’m happy that our children and grandchildren are able to see diversity, but then I don’t want our culture to be lost.”