Interview with Mary Pattillo on WNYC
Mary Pattillo, author of Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City was interviewed yesterday on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the gentrification of urban African American communities.
Pattillo’s book is an eye-opening sociological exploration of Chicago’s North Kenwood–Oakland neighborhood and the community’s embattled process of revitalization, where the often conflicting interests of the black middle-class, their less-fortunate neighbors, and the established centers of white economic and political power frame a dramatic tale of the transformation of black communities in the twenty-first century.
In the interview Pattillo touches on many of the issues discussed in her book and fields some interesting questions from WNYC listeners. Listen to the audio on the WNYC website.
Also read an excerpt from the book.