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Both “Royals” and the protests it’s inspired are about that central subject of power. Not just the chance to live the luxe life, or the luxury of not even wanting it; but also the right to speak, to assume a way of being, even to occupy certain spaces. The song’s not called “Royals” by accident; like Ella Yelich-O’Connor’s stage name, the title reminds us that first-class living is a concept grounded in the blood rights.
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The Downside of Diversity
These Orthodox Jewish kids live in Midwood, Brooklyn — in the only census tract in New York that is entirely white. But homogeneity’s not all bad — in fact there are some important benefits.
In a new paper, two scholars at Michigan State University argue that the “dense interpersonal networks” that lead to a sense of community do not form in diverse neighborhoods. In fact, diversity and community are essentially incompatible.
"Neighborhoods with the greatest opportunity to develop a respect for diversity (i.e. highly integrated neighborhoods) have the least capacity to foster a sense of community," they write. "Likewise, neighborhoods with the least opportunity for residents to develop a respect for diversity (i.e. highly segregated neighborhoods) have the greatest capacity to foster a sense of community."
I found the same paradigm at work in the Hasidic enclaves of Brooklyn, where an elaborate social safety net has developed via supermarkets — all within an extremely homogeneous environment. It seemed highly unlikely that a similar system would develop within a more diverse community.
For anyone who cherishes the idea of diversity — people of varying backgrounds living next to one another, exchanging ideas and food and maybe the occasional insult — this is probably a bit of a downer.
But Richard Florida says “urbanists and local policy makers might be better off refocusing their efforts away from the unachievable ideal of diverse and cohesive neighborhoods and toward creating cohesion across the various neighborhoods that make up a city.”
From her wheelchair, Bianca reached out and touched us all, in ways we could never have imagined. She was a teacher. She was a lesson in courage. And Bianca loved us all. Especially Lars. Especially him.