The pricing reflected a statistic that white people hold about 2.5 times the wealth of black people, and it certainly produced a discussion. Now he's bringing the New Orleans pop-up, called Saartj, to Hamtramck, though it won't be an exact replica.
Wey — who arrived in Detroit to study at 16 years old and co-founded Hamtramck's Revolver — is keeping the details close. But he tells
Wey says he'll ask guests to fill out a form that asks about race, gender, educational attainment, income, and mobility.
"Based on that, we're going to create a profile and we're going to create a menu for that individual. We want to present to you, in essence, what your privilege represents," he adds.
"I also can see very clearly how destructive some of these other models are. So the dinner is about uplifting self-determination and having a conversation around self-determination as a tool for community transformation, as opposed to relying on an exploitative, extractive, free-market system or relying on philanthropy that controls and dictates how money is spent and to whom it is given," Wey says.
Though he doesn't name anyone specifically, it sure sounds a lot like some of the concerns that people have with the North End's Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, or Elon Musk's brother dropping into town to solve problems on which Detroiters are already working.
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