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Thu Oct 15, 2015, 05:51 PM

Singing while black: Oakland choir threatened with ‘nuisance’ fines after tech workers enter

Singing while black: Oakland choir threatened with ‘nuisance’ fines after tech workers enter neighborhood
embers of a black church choir are blaming an influx of affluent tech workers for their group facing thousands of dollars in fines.

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in West Oakland received a cease-and-desist letter from the city threatening them with $500 a day in fines plus a $3,500 nuisance fee, CBS San Francisco reports. Church members believe the sudden complaints about the choir are due to the fact the area is becoming gentrified.

“Kind of hard to believe because we’ve been here about 65 years in the community and all of a sudden we get some concerns about the noise,” Thomas A Harris III, the pastor at Pleasant Grove, told the local CBS station.

The church just happens to be in a neighborhood full of the Victorian homes that characterize the Bay Area, and they’re being snapped up by wealthy tech industry workers, church officials told CBS.

“Those persons who are just new arrivals should not come and try to change the culture that existed before they arrived here,” George Holland, president of the local NAACP branch, told CBS. “We cannot have people come attack churches about music.”

Gentrification is a problem in many formerly minority neighborhoods that have become new enclaves of the affluent.

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Thu Oct 15, 2015, 05:58 PM

1. I always believe in "first there" winner in situations like this

 

I laugh at people who move into a new housing development next to a military base and then complain about the airplane noise that went on for 80 years. Too bad you didn't investigate what you were buying into is my answer.

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Thu Oct 15, 2015, 06:15 PM

2. What kind of asshole would not be elated hearing music from a black church choir?

It's the happiest music you can hear anywhere. You just can't feel bad listening to it.

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