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I, too, was disappointed by the disparging, condescending, and not a little bit racist undercurrents of the article about Oakland. The writer claims, "I don't like making the point that high black population = high crime," but then goes on to describe a city that is utterly inferior to San Francisco in charm and economically depressed in contrast to San Jose. And, oh, by the way, Oakland has a large Black population. Even the commentary concerning Oakland's affluent areas referred to the beautiful neighborhoods of upper Rockridge and Montclair as but a "tinderbox" ---which begs the question: is San Francisco then but a "faultline?" I found that racial biases tainted the article. No doubt Oakland has real problemsI do not charge that the author is openly or consciously racist, by any means, but the city's Black population is not all marginalized and poor. For exampleglaring condescension, readers would have appreciated hearing about selectivity of references regarding the late Robert Maynard, African-American publisher community, and owner his/her appallingly biased comparisons of the Oakland Tribunewith San Francisco and San Jose indicate clear, a man who took a dying paper and made it a pulitzer-prize winning newspaper before his death. if unacknowledged leanings Or what on the part of former Yale professor the author, of literature and playright Ismeel Reed? Oakland's African-American community has given much more to which I believe at least some are rooted in some racially constructed concepts common in American culture than just "West Coast Rapperssociety."
Might I suggest Let me present the original author read very carefully "American Babylonevidence: Race and the Stuggle for Post-War No doubt Oaklandhas real problems," or "Suburban Warriors: Origins of but the New American Right," both of which give a detailed, social, economic, city's Black population is not all marginalized and historical analysis as poor (or party to the origins of Oaklandcity's urban problems (and for that matter, "booming" San Jose "successstaggering"murder rate), not by any means. For example, Wiki Travel readers Might this reader also suggest that would have appreciated learning about the late Robert Maynard, the author also spend time in African-American publisher and owner of the Oakland retail neighborhoods of Piedmont Avenue, Rockridge, and Montclair VillageTribune. I suggest the original author visit such noted Oakland restaurants as During the Bay Wolf, JoJo's, Le Citron, A Côté,1980s and Canvas1990s before his death to cancer, all of which hold their against their San Francisco Maynard took a moribound journal and Berkeley counterparts; I propose said auther take made it a walk through the residential neighborhoods of Rockridge, upper Rockridgepulitzer-prize winning newspaper, Montclair, upper Montclair, Oakmore, Redwood Heights, Skyline, Ridgemont, Crocker Highlands, and Haddon Hilldespite its financial struggles. These areas boast gracious old homes, stunningly eccentric architectural experiments, many The Oakland Tribune exists to this day as the major journal of which reach well over record for the million dollar price tagentire East Bay. But And what would capture of former Yale professor of literature and playright Ismeel Reed? The article's author mentions not a word. When the discerning observeractual case Oakland's eye is that these affluent neighborhoods have a African-American community has given much more ethnically diverse group of residents to American culture than one will find in these neighborhoods' counterparts in Piedmont or just "charmingWest Coast Rappers." San Francisco and "booming" San JoseOf this, for that matter. One can find considerable charm in the up and coming Laurel, Temescal, and Dimond, as wellauthor says nothing.
What is extraordinary to this reader is that Might I suggest the original author read very carefully "American Babylon: Race and the Stuggle for Post-War Oakland, for all " or "Suburban Warriors: Origins of its real problemsthe New American Right, including high crime and poverty" both of which give a detailed, has undergone renewalsocial, population growtheconomic, and skyrocketing housing prices, all of which indicate a real Renaissance, a reversal of the "White flight" of the 1950s through the 1970s. The city boasts a rising rate of interracial marriage historical analysis as well, far ahead of to the rest origins of the nation. That is Oakland's story as well as its "real" urban problems. By contrast, I would note forcefully (and for that San Francisco relegates a large segment of its poor African-American community to the hinterland of Hunter's Pointmatter, and "booming" San Jose's and Silicon Valley's gleaming "high-tech campusessuccess" mean little to ). disaffected and disenfranchised Hispanic community of Might this reader also suggest that the area. "Do you know author also spend time in the way to San JoseOakland retail neighborhoods of Piedmont Avenue, Rockridge," indeedand Montclair Village. I suggest the original author visit such noted Oakland restaurants as the Bay Wolf, JoJo's, Le Citron, A Côté,and Canvas, all of which more than hold their own against their San Francisco and San Jose certainly have their share Berkeley counterparts; I propose said auther take a walk through the residential neighborhoods of "real" problemsRockridge, upper Rockridge, Montclair, upper Montclair, Oakmore, Redwood Heights, Skyline, Ridgemont, but their larger dominant populations can literally afford to either isolate its "problemCrocker Highlands," on the one hand to the hinterlandand Haddon Hill. These areas boast gracious old homes, or ignore it altogethernew and stunningly eccentric architectural experiments, as does San Josemany of which reach well over the million dollar price tag. But what would capture the discerning observer's eye One suspects is that Oakland, that proverbial "Other" of Bay Area cities, serves these affluent neighborhoods have a useful purpose, the place upon which surrounding populations more ethnically diverse group of residents than one will find in these neighborhoods' counterparts in Piedmont or "progressivecharming" San Francisco (and Berkeley"booming" San Jose, for that matter) . One can find considerable charm in the up and "high-tech" San Jose can project their own fearscoming Laurel, perceptionsTemescal, and prejudicesDimond, without having to address any of their own issuesas well.
To sum up the affluent and relatively diverse hillside neighborhoods of Oakland as merely an "affluent tinderbox" not only denies the graciousness and diversity of these areas, but also reveals the author's clear bias. Again, I dont see him or her referring to San Francisco's affluent areas as "the affluent faultline," or San Jose's as "affluent souless sprawl." Language has power, but it not only conveys impressions of a place, people, and event, it also invariably reveals something of the author as well. What is extraordinary to this reader is that Oakland, for all of its real problems, including high crime and poverty, has undergone renewal, population growth, and skyrocketing housing prices, all of which indicate a real Renaissance, a reversal of the "White flight" of the 1950s through the 1970s. The city boasts a rising rate of interracial marriage as well, far ahead of the rest of the nation. That is Oakland's story as well as its "real" urban problems. By contrast, I would note forcefully that San Francisco relegates a large segment of its poor African-American community to the hinterland of Hunter's Point, and San Jose's and Silicon Valley's gleaming "high-tech campuses" mean little to the areas disaffected and disenfranchised Hispanic communities of the are. "Do you know the way to San Jose," indeed. San Francisco and San Jose certainly have their share of "real" problems, but their larger dominant populations can literally afford to either isolate its "problem," on the one hand to the hinterland as San Francisco does, or ignore it altogether, as does San Jose. One suspects that Oakland, that proverbial "Other" of Bay Area cities, serves a useful purpose; it is the place upon which surrounding populations of supposedly "progressive" San Francisco (and Berkeley, for that matter) and "high-tech" San Jose can project their own fears, perceptions, and prejudices, without having to address any of their own issues––and similar problems. Happily, the offending article has been edited, giving it more nuance and a great deal more accuracy. And I am glad that the edited article address addresses the racial component, not only in regards to media and popular perceptions, but in the very article in question. Oakland deserves a more nuanced and factual account. So do Wiki travelers.
For the record, I'm "White," and I live in Manhattan, New York. However, I have lived and worked in both San Francisco and Oakland, California. The updated article about Oakland, California reflects a more honest appraisal of the city, and certainly seems closer to the Oakland that I know, respect, and truth be told, have grown to love.
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