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Faculty Author Series with Professor Golash-Boza

February 16, 2024
Before Gentrification: The Creation of DC's Racial Wealth Gap

Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor of Sociology and the Executive Director of the University of California Washington Center, will be featured in an upcoming UC Merced Library Faculty Author Series on March 5, 2024 from 12:00-1:00pm at the Kolligian Library Building, KL 232.

This talk will show how a century of redlining, disinvestment, and the War on Drugs wreaked devastation on Black people and paved the way for gentrification in Washington, DC. Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza tracks the cycles of state abandonment and punishment that have shaped the city, revealing how policies and policing work to displace and decimate the Black middle class. Through the stories of those who have lost their homes and livelihoods, Golash-Boza explores how DC came to be the nation’s “Murder Capital” and incarceration capital, and why it’s now a haven for wealthy White people. This troubling history makes clear that the choice to use prisons and policing to solve problems faced by Black communities in the twentieth century—instead of investing in schools, community centers, social services, health care, and violence prevention—is what made gentrification possible in the twenty-first. 

Register for the talk through the UC Merced Library.