After I witnessed this, I started thinking about the article about gentrification in the Mission District and the discussion we had on it. I remember talking about how most restaurants that came because of Gentrification, even if they were Latino restaurants, wouldn't employ Latino workers. So I got to thinking about Gentrification and the treatment of Latinos. Is the treatment I witnessed a common thing in most restaurants? And if so is it an attitude stemming from the gentrification of areas pushing Latinos out. I know that Berkeley has not been gentrified in the same sense as the Mission District, but I believe that to some extent it kind of has because it is a town that hosts a top University and with that comes, what some people think of as "prestige". I'm assuming that the older white man was a Cal alumni and because of that he somehow got the idea that he was better than the employees working at Milano. I was upset by this because this is the same idea that came with gentrification in the Mission District. Educated young professionals moved in and forced the Latino inhabitants out and this contributed to an attitude held by the young professionals that they were somehow better than the people they pushed out because they were educated and thus could afford the higher rent. I think that what I witnessed at Milano could be attributed to Gentrification because I believe that with gentrification comes the ideas and attitudes that those producing Gentrification are somehow better than those who are forced out because of it. I know that the white man probably had nothing to do with Gentrification but, it goes back to the discussion we had in class, he was connected to Gentrification because even though he didn't do the physical act of gentrification, he still had the attitude that stems from gentrification.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Because of Gentrification?
Yesterday, before the Stanford game, I went with a friend to get breakfast at Milano cafe. The man working behind the counter was a young Latino guy. Since it was the Stanford game, there were a lot of visitors in Berkeley. Ahead of us in line was an older maybe 60ish white man. When it was his turn to order, he walked up to the young Latino guy and said "I want a BLT with avocado and no mustard, you understand?" He said it in such a derogatory way as if he was better than the man behind the counter and as if there was no possible way the man working would get his order right because the man was Latino and this man was white. My friend and I were appalled at the way this man was talking to the employee, we could not believe that people still talked to others like that. The ironic thing is that then the employee asked the man what kind of bread he wanted and the man had a tough time saying what kind, not the other way around.