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Patty is an incredible D-I-Yer who begins restoring the house to its original beauty in no time. Carter uses a legal loophole in California that prevents Patty and Drake from evicting him, especially after Carter manipulates Drake into physically assaulting him on a of occasions.
Yet, as disturbing as the things Carter does to Patty and Drake are—one of the worst is when he fills the house with cockroaches, which pushes the thriller straight into horror movie territory—there is an aspect to Pacific Heights that remains painfully evergreen: the implicit anti-Blackness of landlords and the rental industrial complex. You see, there was another prospective tenant who looked at the apartment Carter eventually demolished, a Black detective named Lou Baker Carl Lumblywho is instantly on the defensive as he discusses the application process with Patty.
When Patty tells Mr. But later as Patty tells Drake about Mr. We see in living color how Carter manipulates Drake by flashing w of cash around with a promise of thousands more that he never fulfills.
His supposed best friend Dennis Dorian Harewood is a Black man, someone who helps him a lot in the film, going so far as to loan him thousands of dollars and letting Drake stay with him when Drake gets kicked out of his own home by the interloping tenant Carter. After three whole decades since Pacific Heights hit cinemas, this kind of rental anti-Blackness is still wickedly pervasive in America. This likely would not have been the case had the tenants been Black, if Drake had allowed them to live on his property at all.
As other kinds of rental services such as airbnb and the like have emerged thanks to the internet, rental racism has extended its ugly claws even onto those platforms. Hell, some rideshare services that only involve a pickup and dropoff have shown implicit bias against even giving Black folks a simple ride.
This is trickle down and around racism that particularly affects Black folks and affects quality of life on basic human levels, like the right to simply apply to live wherever they want and be legitimately considered. Pacific Heights is a remarkable snapshot of how far America has traveled in 30 years when it comes to technology and access to information services; what Drake and Patty do to confirm facts can be done in a matter of minutes with an internet connection now.
But Pacific Heights also serves as yet another heartbreaking reminder that three decades later, housing discrimination against Black folks particularly continues to be an American social problem that as a society we are not even close to resolving. You can also find her on Twitter ranting about politics SezinKoehleror Instagramming her newest art creations and tattoos zuzukoehler. Share What's Your Reaction?
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