Protest Over Eviction Leads To Name Calling In Historic Greenwood District

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By Kimberly Jackson

 

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There is unrest in the historic Greenwood district after a long-time tenant was evicted. Community members joined Tori Tyson, owner of The Blowout Studio for a protest. But soon after the protest began, Rev. Kenneth Evans began a shouting match with Tyson and her supporters.

“Y’all nig**as kill me. And I called ‘em nig**as,” he shouted. Evans used the N-word a total of three times, as he yelled and went back and forth with the crowd.

Freeman Culver of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce told News Channel 8 that Evans is not a board member but a community friend.

Tyson was evicted for refusing to pay the increased rent to the Greenwood Chamber, after learning other tenants paid less. She continued to pay her previously set amount for months, before being called to court for eviction.

“It’s not about the back rent. It’s about me being quiet about the gentrification going on about this neighborhood,” said Tyson, who has complained for years about the maintenance and upkeep of the two historic buildings in the district.

‘Greenwood didn’t do anything. She evicted herself, just like the judge told her. You evicted


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