3. Black people must constantly imagine
Throughout the movie, Jimmie fights for his grandfather’s house because he believes in his heart that it’s his birthright. He preaches that his grandfather built the house with his own two hands and therefore, no White person or million dollar price tag can take the house away from him.
But as the movie progresses, Jimmie soon discovers that fighting for the house is easier said than done. It almost feels like a fantasy to obtain it. It feels like some feel-good folktale that might not be reasonable, but in his family’s heart, it is forever fact.
Countless Black people who face threats of being pushed out have to imagine stories of ownership. But the funny thing is…
It’s not all a fairytale.
When you think about how our ancestors worked the land or even current efforts of Black people fighting for indigenous identity, it’s not far-fetched for Black people to believe that we truly own parts of this country, no matter what a deed says.
Imagining ownership is a hard truth that might seem naive, but it’s a thought that might gleam light at the end of the tunnel.
*Sigh* ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Nails These 3 Hard Truths About Gentrification was originally published on globalgrind.com