There has been quite a bit of chatter in the communities in New York City about a change that people are calling gentrification. It is said that the Barnes and Noble in the predominantly neighborhood of the Bronx is closing its Barnes and Noble down and replacing it with a Saks Fifth Avenue. Some are excited about the high end department store making its way into the city, but others are indifferent. Not to say that citizens in the Bronx can’t afford items from Saks Fifth Avenue, BUT in a neighborhood that struggles with violence, robberies and in-education, the last thing you should want to do is remove the bookstore. Where will the children buy books? Where will the children go when they want to stay out of trouble and read? The thought is mind boggling.
To tie it all together, in class, we have been discussing the Universal Law of Formulation. This law suggests that if everyone were to perform this action, what would happen. This is immediately what I thought about after hearing about this. What if ever book store was taken out of every black community and replaced with a high end department store? How many kids would lose their hope? How many people would stop reading all together? How many would focus their cares to wearing the newest clothes that cost an arm and a leg instead of begging their parents to get a new book for them to read? Shifting their attention is what is trying to be accomplished and it’s sick. Let these people keep their bookstore.
Some will never understand the importance of libraries and bookstores in inner-city communities, but I do. Seeing kids lose hope every day is not uncommon. When a child is excited to learn, you feed it and watch that passion grow. Instead these kids, and even some adults will lose their passion. They will have to leave their neighborhood to get a book and rich people from different neighborhoods will come their to shop. My ending thought for this is, what would happen if this was the case everywhere? What would happen to all of our inner-city children?