A Helluva Drug

RECEIVED Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Dear Editor,
    It was a truly antiseptic experience reading Mike Clark-Madison’s ruminations about police racism in last week’s issue [“Austin at Large: Surprise, Surprise, Surprise,” News, Nov. 15]. Neoliberalism truly is a helluva drug.
    If he were truly interested in showing some remorse, he would renounce and properly apologize for the displacement of thousands of African American families from East Austin engendered by the policies he and his New Urbanist buddies have been pursuing at our expense for the better part of two decades.
    Since New Urbanism cut its initial teeth on public housing demolition, here’s a concrete atonement suggestion: He can support the campaign to protect and preserve Austin’s historic Rosewood Courts public housing project. There are few historic properties in the United States more suited to the combination of Black heritage conservation, genuine affordability, and true sustainability than this East Austin icon.
    While we’re at it, how about supporting the People’s Plan?
    Criticizing the police is easy. Show me where you stand on questions of real estate justice. Or else bring me the laughing gas.
Fred McGhee
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