Contested Beginnings, Disorder. What is the order of events? Are there linear orders at all? This image collage proposes a range of beginnings: the exterior or the interior? the empty street/the militarized street or the home, the covered or exposed body? The straight lines are misleading, for so called "riotous" events collide and intersect in a curvilinear fashion.
The image here, along with your text frame-up a powerful sentiment that I often feel gets lost in the discursive gymnastics over gentrification, or pretty much most facets of Late Industrial Capitalism as we understand them now. Urban renewal is an example of the affordances neoliberal machinists grant educated progressives as they demand to live their lives under certain moral parameters. For instance, here with La PLaza, you have capitalists partnering with the Cesar Chavez Foundation, fostering a particular aesthetics of empathy, care, and even solidarity in order to financially marginalize all but the most affluent. Cultural formations themselves are being consumed for profit in the race towards total economic apartheid and situations like this are proof. In essence, structures that retain sociocultural flexibility, but that continue to accrue wealth, are immoveable.
How does toxic masculinity figure into this image, if at all?
This image projects the concept of policing as benevolence. This is clearly ironic with the statistical data from the ACLU next to the images of the friendly police officers. The statistical data shows how much free reign police have in public schools in California.
school to prison pipeline