Nicole Caminiti says she "grew up very privileged and was handed almost every opportunity needed to succeed. The post has ruffled feathers in the affluent subdivision and made Caminiti the target of online attacks.
According to the U. Census Bureauas of JulyPecan Grove's makeup was Caminiti, 23, says she's been consistently dismayed by racist posts in a Pecan Grove Facebook group. George Floyd, who grew up in Third Ward, was killed last month by a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground with his knee.
Floyd's death has sparked massive worldwide protests to highlight police brutality and systemic racism. They just only know what's on Fox News," says Caminiti. Guy Steiger, president of the Pecan Grove Property Owners Association, has lived there for eight years and calls Caminiti's assessment "unfair.
Caminiti says her original piece was much more "radical" but she toned it down in hopes of reaching more people. In the current post, she recounts confronting the realities of racism as .
In 7th grade, one of my closest friends who is black rode the school bus home with me for the first time. As we entered the neighborhood, she asked 'Does that say Plantation?
Read that last sentence again. I am not writing this to shame the PG community, as none of us built this place.
I am NOT writing this to persuade the PG community to update the street names, although some should be changed. Our community does not welcome the black community as well as we should.
Yes, absolutely. I don't think there's a neighborhood in Houston or in Texas that you're not gonna have similar circumstances.
I just think the way it was presented was maybe a little generalized. I don't really think it's to that extent," Steiger said.
But I think to place the scope on the neighborhood is not necessarily fair. This is an issue that lies everywhere, so to point the finger at and call out the name Pecan Grove as the issue I think is unfair.
Steiger said there "hasn't really been a big discussion" ly about the street names — Confederate, Plantation, Old Dixie — Caminiti brings up. If you wanna look at every street name and make a determination as to whether it's borderline insensitive or not, I'm sure everybody would have their opinion. Personally for me, although I can kind of understand some people's thoughts on it, it doesn't bother me," he said. That discussion should be had. I just think to point the finger at Pecan Grove is not accurate.
Caminiti goes on to urge Pecan Grove residents to welcome black neighbors and "understand their frustration with systemic racism and years and years of oppression. But some have been hostile, including personal attacks.
People were commenting, saying a bunch of really bad stuff about my dad," Caminiti says. That post was eventually deleted. I'm being racist toward white people, that's what I'm seeing a lot of.
Just a lot of trash talk. Now I'm just done with it.
I think people need to be called out, and I think I was too nice to them. No more being nice. I'm gonna be honest.
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