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Why African Traders Are Fleeing Guangzhou, China’s “Chocolate City”

AFRICANGLOBE - It was reported by a 2008 Wikileaks cable that the local Chinese authorities had long been “extremely concerned” about the “visible” African population in Guangzhou. “Many Chinese residents do not want to live in “Africa Town” due to “differences” ranging from “culture to lifestyle to hygiene,” an American diplomat wrote to Washington, citing research commissioned by the local authorities.

Gentrification And The Death Of Black Communities

AFRICANGLOBE - There is no city in this country where Black people are safe from the current method of displacement known as “gentrification.” Washington, D.C. once had a majority Black population and was known as “Chocolate City.” Perhaps it is now the “Café au Lait City,” as the Black population has fallen below 50 percent. That dynamic gathers steam in New York and other cities and continues to push people out of their homes, deprive them of needed services and erode their quality of life.