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This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale


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What's interesting about Riverside is it was built for wealthy Jewish people because River Oaks didn't want "them" in their neighborhood. I don't know what happened after that, but I have always loved Riverside and hate to see any racial group doing the same thing everyone else has done. Two wrongs sure don't make a right...but that's just me. I would love to hear about this documentary if anyone saw it. I am very sorry that I missed it.

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What's interesting about Riverside is it was built for wealthy Jewish people because River Oaks didn't want "them" in their neighborhood.  I don't know what happened after that, but I have always loved Riverside and hate to see any racial group doing the same thing everyone else has done.  Two wrongs sure don't make a right...but that's just me.  I would love to hear about this documentary if anyone saw it.  I am very sorry that I missed it.

The story is one rich black guy moved in in the 50s, the Jews set a bomb on his porch, he stuck it out, other blacks moved in and "block busted" threatening violence against the white residents if they didn't sell to them, most of the whites left fearing the blacks would bring the neighborhood down but some tried to hold their ground and, unsuccessfully, tried to convince the rest of the whites to stay, using the slogan "This is our home and it's not for sale".

The irony is that the blacks in 3rd ward have recently adopted that same slogan to try to prevent developers from buying up their land and turning it into another townhouse heaven and erasing the existing neighborhood forever, ala 4th ward.

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Does anyone know where I can see this? I missed the The MFAH showing. Thanks.

It was about three hours long. I enjoyed it. It was very good and illuminating. Long story short, very similar class and racial worries that occured with the original neighbors from the 1930's seem to be reflected in the new neighbors from the late 1960's who are watching as their neighborhood is gentrified in the late 1980's.

According to the movie Riverside had started off as a wealthy or affluent neighborhood. While it was extensively or predominantly Jewish, there were Roman Catholics and people of other religions there.

Judging from the home movies from the 1950's blacks were welcome, as servants.

A wealthy black cattle buyer bought a house there in 1953. After about three months the neigbors realized that the people weren't servants but were actually living there.

That's when one neighbor put up his ex-prisoner lawnman to blow up a bomb at their house. The police agressively investigated and brought the perpetrators to trial. It's implied that the establishment of the city of Houston and the neighborhood were opposed to violence.

Blacks moved into the neighborhood slowly from the late 1950's to early 1960's.

The dates and details aren't clear but it seems that the blockbusting occured in the mid 1960's. Blacks were renting or buying in the area but nobody black was threatening violence against anybody white.

The allegation was made that a non-black realtor was paying poor blacks to constantly knock on people's doors to ask them if they would sell or rent their

house. There were no threats of violence. This played to the original neighbors fear of everything that comes with poverty.

In the late 1980's an extensively black, but mixed neighborhood is being flooded with people who are looking for good homes, convenient to work. Because of the new people's class and color the original neighbors speak fearfully: "They're taking over the neighborhood! They're gonna move us out!"

Please note: the filmmaker did a wonderful job. Not everyone interviewed in the movie says the same thing or comes from the same point of view. Regardless of race, class or ethnicity there's a diversity or opinion.

That's why the movie is three hours long.

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