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Old 07-20-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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A Population Changes, Uneasily
This city, the country’s first to have an African-American majority and one of its earliest experiments in black self-government, is passing a milestone.

Washington’s black population slipped below 50 percent this year, possibly in February, about 51 years after it gained a majority, according to an estimate by William Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution.
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Who uses "Racial code words"? The imaginary boogey man?

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In the Northeast area of Washington, H Street shows signs of gentrification like new sidewalks and stylized street lamps.
Oh, those evil white people, always ruining neighborhoods where ever they go.

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Old 07-20-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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"Racial Code Words?" WTF? Tom Sherwood is a blowhard. As a black man, I am all for diversity and gentrification. H street is a good example of positive change in the community.
 
Old 07-20-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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Why even post this?
 
Old 07-20-2011, 05:15 PM
 
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"Racial Code Words?" WTF? Tom Sherwood is a blowhard. As a black man, I am all for diversity and gentrification. H street is a good example of positive change in the community.
I think having a vibrant city is great as well, but it's not hard to understand why people feel threatened by not being able to afford the city they've lived in for possibly decades and generations. There are, unfortunately, winners and losers in gentrification.
 
Old 07-20-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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i like how this is generally OK but if a white person complains about whites losing majority status overall in the US they're labelled a supremacist

Both are stupid IMO.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 06:36 AM
 
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Why even post this?
You know why.

A call to the racist in the "DC" forum

To stir some controversy
 
Old 07-21-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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Why even post this?
Maybe the poster has an agenda to push...

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Defending America from the liberal attack
Yep, suspicions confirmed!
 
Old 07-21-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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You know why.

A call to the racist in the "DC" forum

To stir some controversy

Hey baby, slide away from work on Friday and lets grab a drink.
 
Old 07-21-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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Having seen this topic come up before, and being aware that probably at least half of our DC posters are black, I've observed that pretty much none of them really care one way or the other.

But, if someone was really concerned about that. It seems to me that Baltimore is so close, and prices are cheap, would it really be that big of a thing to move 40 miles up the road? I mean, IF that kind of change actually made someone angry or 'resentful'..?
 
Old 07-21-2011, 07:40 AM
 
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Intellectually, it should not matter one iota.

But emotionally, its a different story. Blacks became the majority of a prestigious city when Jim Crow was still around. How could that not instill some kind of pride?

Change, any kind of change, is a double-edged sword. Not so deep down, perhaps its not that there are more whites and less blacks. Maybe its inevitable that when your "personal landscape", the inherent familiarity that gives comfort, begins to radically change, you cannot help but mourn its passing.

I am white and grew up here in the 70s. Upper NW was kind of an enclave wedged between two bigger entities. The tensions with our fellow black citizens were many, but mostly low key. Like it or not, we were in it together and had to make it work. Somehow.

Consequently, I find it somewhat sad as well. The DC I knew is gone. In many ways, that is good. I will never miss the 1970s version of 14th & U streets. But like many of them, I cannot afford to live in my old neighborhood. I am often critical of what the black community says and does. But part of me understands where they are coming from on this one. Not that it justifies ill will or worse.

Progress is Painful.
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