One of the recent commenters posted something randomly stupid and racist. (Shocking. I know).
This Glover Park resident* claimed that living in D.C. has taught him is to "run when (he) sees a group of black people."
Now, it's possible this person has never been to D.C. and just felt like trolling (I have had my suspicions about some of the people on here before). But he does sound somewhat credibly D.C.ish. So let's think about what he said, shall we?
D.C. is a little more than 60 percent non-white. Which means this commenter, a member of the true ethnic minority: 1) Is able to live in a place where he sees members of the actual true majority THIS rarely? 2) Feels that majority is dangerous enough to be avoided at a RUN? (Like we're in Haiti or something). And 3) At the same time, feels safe and secure enough in his racist assumptions to express his opinion in a pretty public place (Granted, trolls are just trying to be offensive, but still!)
The conclusion I'm drawing here is that we have managed to segregate the asshole white boys into sections of the city where they cannot bother the rest of us. Despite the obvious advantages, is this really who we want to be?
Or should we open our neighborhoods to all, even the ignorant unwashed frat boys? Yes, they hoot at all hours of the night and tip very poorly and generally act the fool (the FOOL) in public. Yes, they only received employment in our city by the grace of their daddy's golf buddy, and this affirmative action was no true favor to either the frat boys, or the people forced to share a bus with the loudmouth assholes. Yes, we'd rather force them into a ghetto of their own making, where they can do shooters off each other's baseball hats in idiotic hilarity for all time.
It is great for those of us who do not have to live near their constant public puking, and worse. But it is still wrong. We must make a place where all, jackass and non-jackass alike, can coexist. We cannot discriminate on the basis of stupidity, even stupidity that is rank and obvious and offensively stupid. We must rise above our personal prejudices and learn what, exactly, makes our frat boy brethren tick. (Here's a hint, CHEAP BEER).
Only then, will we truly have the city of which we can be proud. (And yes, I'm moving in a year, so it is rather easy for me to stick the rest of you with them. Sorry).
* I'm guessing here, because he sounds too white to live anywhere else, and too poorly educated to have been able to afford Georgetown.