#HipHop #Gentrification #KillAHipster

Cody Lestelle

[NOTE: this article is an adaptation of an email I originally sent to the CHID program at the University of Washington, Seattle of which I am an alumni. I am sharing it now in hopes of provoking wider discussion and appropriate actions on these themes]

Dear whoever is reading this,

I was just watching this video “Kill a Hipster” by Watsky featuring Chinaka Hodge

and I was inspired to send it to you for your viewing and listening pleasure, which ended up necessitating some further details to explain my urge to share. The hashtags in my subject line note some but not all of the content here. This communique is primarily concerned with highlighting the relationship between the Academy and gentrification, and calling for collective strategizing against the academy’s conventional reinforcement of colonization and gentrificationi, generally and specifically in Seattle/occupied Duwamish and Suquamish territory.

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