If you are a white artist who is part of the DIY scene, you benefit from the city's racist policies—and that's on top of the work-a-day privileges whiteness allows you. Baltimore's white DIY scene is not "do it yourself" because it was built on the backs and fueled by the pain of the city's oppressed, as Hunter and Ali pointed out. "I'd also still say that living in Baltimore affords one a sense of freedom, except to add that the sense of freedom exists almost solely for non-black artists and musicians," Hunter writes. "Whatever benefits there are for non-black artists and musicians to live in and move to Baltimore are directly indebted to the majority black population of Baltimore. Our liberties come at the cost of theirs." In short, low rent for shabby spaces, an edgy scene, the cheap thrills of illegality are all the flip side of a history of segregated housing, white flight, vacant, repossessed homes, the drug wars, zero tolerance and police brutality. And while there has been a crackdown over the past few years of DIY spaces, it's ultimately small potatoes compared to the de facto racist policing and governmental policies that run this city and seriously limit accessibility and resources for large swaths of black Baltimore.