yeah I'd be posting more except that I have tried putting Palin's head on Doctor Casino's other photos and it just doesn't work as well.
― I DIED, Friday, 26 September 2008 14:10 (7 years ago) Permalink
case in point
― I DIED, Friday, 26 September 2008 14:11 (7 years ago) Permalink
hello, I am in Oslo airport, I shall be here for some time it seems.
― I am not drunk sufficiently constantly (Ed), Friday, 26 September 2008 14:13 (7 years ago) Permalink
holy shit i love you i died
― Mr. Que, Friday, 26 September 2008 14:15 (7 years ago) Permalink
The atomium is not used enough for hilarious photoshops, god work.
Also that is the closest she ever got to foreign parts, I think
― I am not drunk sufficiently constantly (Ed), Friday, 26 September 2008 14:17 (7 years ago) Permalink
I have missed the DC thread, frankly. Though not so much the Saturday morning too-many-beers-at-Big-Hunt hangovers.
― quincie, Friday, 26 September 2008 17:45 (7 years ago) Permalink
I miss the photoshopping.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 September 2008 04:59 (7 years ago) Permalink
I love everyone.
― El Tomboto, Saturday, 27 September 2008 05:53 (7 years ago) Permalink
I'm gonna edit this thread title tomorrow so it has to do with that new coen flick. nobody panic.
― El Tomboto, Saturday, 27 September 2008 05:54 (7 years ago) Permalink
when is beers o clock?
There. Go Skins.
― TOMBOT, Saturday, 27 September 2008 18:41 (7 years ago) Permalink
last night you could follow the debate walking down 18th, even over the downpour. maybe not such a shocker but slightly odd nonetheless, in person.
― W i l l, Sunday, 28 September 2008 02:12 (7 years ago) Permalink
i had to be at work during the debate. and today from 11-7:30. all hands on deck until election day!
i will make some photoshops when i am back in the office.
did this the other day
― regular guy, scranton, pennsylvania (daria-g), Sunday, 28 September 2008 04:06 (7 years ago) Permalink
Wait was that really insane football video from way back (sandbox, maybe?)? Someone flying through the air in a ridiculous manner. I can't remember any other details, sorry. But it was awesome A++ would watch again if someone knows what the hell I am talking about.
― quincie, Sunday, 28 September 2008 15:29 (7 years ago) Permalink
OH WAIT IT'S THAT GUY UP THERE INNIT?
― quincie, Sunday, 28 September 2008 15:30 (7 years ago) Permalink
YEAH HE DID THAT AGAIN! this video is from last week!!
― regular guy, scranton, pennsylvania (daria-g), Sunday, 28 September 2008 16:12 (7 years ago) Permalink
― I DIED, Monday, 29 September 2008 20:46 (7 years ago) Permalink
― quincie, Monday, 29 September 2008 21:23 (7 years ago) Permalink
The cigarette is an especially nice touch!
^^^^what happens when you meet without preconditions
― mookieproof, Monday, 29 September 2008 23:52 (7 years ago) Permalink
"She's like one of us, just a normal, hardworking person, not someone from D.C. " said Ivan Capps, a Bureau of Land Management records manager who attended a Palin rally in Grand Junction, Colo.
― I DIED, Thursday, 23 October 2008 13:52 (7 years ago) Permalink
the special prize we get for being #1 Obama supporters is that he's gonna come live here!
― I DIED, Wednesday, 5 November 2008 15:44 (7 years ago) Permalink
not just him: On a chain-link fence erected by inaugural construction crews [near the White House], someone hung the sign: "Welcome Home Malia and Sasha!"
from the Post article on last night's partying. U Street was just, wow
― W i l l, Wednesday, 5 November 2008 22:02 (7 years ago) Permalink
that was my view around 11:30 last night, insane
― I DIED, Wednesday, 5 November 2008 22:06 (7 years ago) Permalink
They call it the White House, but that's a (increasingly) temporary condition.
To each his reach, and if I can't cop, it ain't mine to hang.
― B.L.A.M., Wednesday, 5 November 2008 22:20 (7 years ago) Permalink
hey guys we have to get this thread going again now that DC is the new BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD!
― I DIED, Thursday, 6 November 2008 14:31 (7 years ago) Permalink
I SO want to move back.
― B.L.A.M., Thursday, 6 November 2008 21:03 (7 years ago) Permalink
I am officially retired from breakdancing in the street. Ow.
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 6 November 2008 21:44 (7 years ago) Permalink
hey Slate: fuck youuuuuuuu for reprinting a 15-year old column about "life in DC" and saying "it's still remarkable how little of the city's character has changed."
― I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 15:23 (7 years ago) Permalink
orange line extending to NY? rendering of new 2nd Ave subway entrance.
― I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 15:29 (7 years ago) Permalink
oh man that would be the best i would buy so many records and work pays the smartrip
― 69, Friday, 7 November 2008 15:46 (7 years ago) Permalink
that's the part of the upper east side with all the fresh-out-of-college banker types and shitty bars
― gabbneb, Friday, 7 November 2008 15:51 (7 years ago) Permalink
So, I'm coming to join your cool place-to-be city some time around February. Pretty jammy timing. I've visited before but only for 2-3 days. I think I'll be living somewhere near Dupont Circle/19th, if I take over the apartment of the last incumbent in the job...
― ljubljana, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:19 (7 years ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:22 (7 years ago) Permalink
our football team is awesome
― T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, 7 November 2008 21:25 (7 years ago) Permalink
― T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, 7 November 2008 21:26 (7 years ago) Permalink
I get to learn the football rules!Is that a real TV show embedded in that vid somewhere?
― ljubljana, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:32 (7 years ago) Permalink
nah.. DC go go band Mambo Sauce had this song out for a while and finally made a video for it, so.. that's what they did. chuck brown shows up at the end to tell the police to let them go, I guess is the gist of it
― T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, 7 November 2008 21:34 (7 years ago) Permalink
Even your cheerleaders go on tour!
― ljubljana, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:40 (7 years ago) Permalink
I'm still trying to get my head around 15K ppl in DC voting for McCain? TOO MANY I DEMAND RECOUNT.
― quincie, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:41 (7 years ago) Permalink
TOMBOT can you embed the mambo sauce vid at the top of the thread? tks.
― I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 22:00 (7 years ago) Permalink
I'm still trying to get my head around 15K ppl in DC voting for McCain?
― T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, 7 November 2008 22:12 (7 years ago) Permalink
who all had logins to there? I miss the roffles ;_;
― Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 7 November 2008 22:26 (7 years ago) Permalink
― Mr. Que, Friday, 7 November 2008 22:28 (7 years ago) Permalink
― Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 7 November 2008 22:29 (7 years ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Friday, 7 November 2008 22:31 (7 years ago) Permalink
I can give LNS invites if anyone wants
― I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 22:55 (7 years ago) Permalink
― Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 7 November 2008 22:58 (7 years ago) Permalink
can read such threads as:
- Stolen undergarments on Saturday- Manipulating men into LTRs and marriage- FATTIE, but great in bed. Keeper?- Is it possible to be super smoke and humble at the same time?- whats the website to order generic Viagra- How did you make up for election night depression?- any hill staffers wanna release some tension?
― I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 23:00 (7 years ago) Permalink
FATTIE, but great in bed. Keeper?
― Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 7 November 2008 23:59 (7 years ago) Permalink
But in recent years, newer residents surrounding the Islander complained about the restaurant’s late-night noisiness. The tension reached a critical stage in 2013, when a group of residents protested the restaurant’s efforts for a liquor license renewal.
I wonder if they tried to work things out with the club before going to the liquor board? The Islander had been there since 1994, so the new folks should have been aware that U Street can be loud at late hours
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 July 2015 14:12 (4 months ago) Permalink
I saw D.C.'s Eddie Jones & the Young Bucks perform there a long time ago
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 July 2015 14:13 (4 months ago) Permalink
I am at the Dead Milkmen show because I am still 14 years old.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 26 July 2015 02:20 (4 months ago) Permalink
where the hell was that i wanted to go
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 26 July 2015 04:26 (4 months ago) Permalink
Mosh pit had etiquette? LOL i so old.
But not as old as the band, hah
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 26 July 2015 04:29 (4 months ago) Permalink
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 26 July 2015 21:42 (4 months ago) Permalink
A lawsuit filed by the seafood sellers against the developers. Most of the comments on the posting though appear to be from newbie locals critical of the longtime market. I like shopping at the Maine Ave wharf even though I have heard some say the seafood available is no different from that which you get in your local Giant, Safeway, etc. The incoming development there is undoubtably making it harder to park there if one drives. Naturally, a commenter on the posting just blames those who are parking without suggesting that maybe the developers should try to make parking available. Also, I wonder what the parking plans are for the new IMP Arena that is going to be built there (or will folks just be expected to metro).
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:15 (4 months ago) Permalink
"Harder to park" on SE waterfront is akin to "harder to breathe" on the moon. It's always been terrible, now it's worse. I used to work and eat near there (when the Coast Guard was at Buzzard Point).
It is also a dreadful walk from the subway (and it would be pretty conspicuous and inefficient to try bring a couple dozen steamed crabs home via Metro).
I think for my last crustaceanfest we had a driver circling the block while others nabbed the seafood.
― Ye Mad Puffin, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 18:06 (4 months ago) Permalink
Yep. I bet the commenters have never bought any seafood from there.
When I used to see latenight music at h2O on the Waterfront and Zanzibar there used to be an underground parking garage there on the SW waterfront, but I never used that for when I was going to buy seafood at the Wharf.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 July 2015 15:58 (3 months ago) Permalink
Has anyone here tried Bridj (the "Uber for buses") yet? In October my office is moving from Farragut North to L'Enfant Plaza/Federal Center SW, and Metrorail has been conspicuously unreliable recently.
― Charlie Chaplin Challenge (j.lu), Friday, 7 August 2015 14:36 (3 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 14:35 (3 months ago) Permalink
Become the Arts Editor
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 14:36 (3 months ago) Permalink
christina rules, sad to see her go off that beat
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 19:41 (3 months ago) Permalink
She'll likely be happier at Slate writing just about women and gender issues
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 20:16 (3 months ago) Permalink
guys what happens
― BRAAAAAAMETHEUS (El Tomboto), Friday, 11 September 2015 20:20 (2 months ago) Permalink
Bot bot bot waht up
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 11 September 2015 22:05 (2 months ago) Permalink
So driving into DC from VA I get on a little side access road off of 14th on the right opposite the Holocaust Museum to head over to L'Enfant at 10 pm. I do a quick stop at the stop sign before turning right and the next thing I know I am pulled over by a Bureau of Engraving and Printing "cop" who tells me I have made an illegal right turn. As he asks for my license and registration and insurance card, a cop colleague of his stands straight behind my car glaring while another such cop I see standing by my right rear car passenger door. Looking in my side view mirror I see her nervously moving her fingers around on her gun. Yikes. Thankfully, the first cop returns to my car with my info and just says, "Boss, make your right turn on the next street from now on, not from that access road. Ok boss."
Thank you Bureau of Engraving cops for uh somehow protecting one and all, and for my white male privilege. They probably couldn't give me a traffic ticket anyway...
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 September 2015 13:56 (2 months ago) Permalink
the tomboto appears
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 13 September 2015 16:06 (2 months ago) Permalink
and then. . . disappears again
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 13 September 2015 19:14 (2 months ago) Permalink
like the wind
through our trees
― mookieproof, Sunday, 13 September 2015 19:42 (2 months ago) Permalink
Back to his E games
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 September 2015 17:21 (2 months ago) Permalink
I guess the Barrel entrance can't be designated a historic landmark?
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 September 2015 17:22 (2 months ago) Permalink
Hmmmm, let me think about this
― curmudgeon, Friday, 18 September 2015 15:06 (2 months ago) Permalink
New York writer having fun schooling everyone on how DC works or doesn't. Who edits this stuff?So how did I not know the rules for women wearing big hats at polo matches in DC?
Washington’s permaclass of wealthy Georgetown-establishment socialites has always ruled the roost on D.C.’s domestic front. The older rich ladies are the keepers of the social rulebooks—and the keepers of all the best HUMINT (human intelligence) and RUMINT (rumor-based intelligence) in town. These are the Mean Girls who make or break political aspirations, who get to wear big hats at polo matches, make disparaging comments about social climbers, and police the actions and/or styles of younger, more fertile women.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 21 September 2015 17:26 (2 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Monday, 21 September 2015 17:49 (2 months ago) Permalink
Today I had to explain to a born-and-bred Alabama boy in his 20s that DC is below the Mason-Dixon line.
"Oh," he said, "isn't it in, like, Maryland? Near Jersey."
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:30 (2 months ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:37 (2 months ago) Permalink
xpost - never been anywhere near a polo match, but the ubiquitous ann taylor thing is real + this pressure to assimilate to dc conservative office dress codes. ugh
― seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:21 (2 months ago) Permalink
WTF this year with the killing coming back to my neighborhood. Are Lanier and Bowser really this dumb they can't figure out how to just restore the fucking drug TF?
― BRAAAAAAMETHEUS (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:54 (2 months ago) Permalink
bowser seems kinda clueless tbh
"i was supposed to be the Cool Gentrification Mayor"
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 1 October 2015 14:23 (1 month ago) Permalink
The latest from the alleged cool gentrification mayor
There, a gleaming new complex of apartments, offices and shops is planned above the Congress Heights Metro station — the kind of development that is similar to dozens around the still-gentrifying city over the past 15 years and one that could help make this community the next hot neighborhood.
To build the project, the developer would have to raze four rent-controlled apartment buildings where residents already feel they are no longer welcome. The tenants are largely poor, elderly and live on fixed incomes. They said they believe they are being pushed out by two politically connected developers, who have failed to make improvements to the four apartment buildings even as many residents live in squalor.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 October 2015 14:54 (1 month ago) Permalink
Here's what the Georgetown socialites mentioned upthread a bit are also doing
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 October 2015 22:47 (1 month ago) Permalink
Oh that Georgetown private chatroom shit is the most Georgetown thing ever. Like the DC Urban Moms list after a visit from Max Jacobson. The idea that a white person who lives or works there needs to read a chat log to figure out their neighborhood is bigoted as fuck is hilarious. Burn that shit down. Except for the Benetton and the Mossimo Dutti. And the Levi's Store. And the DMV, also necessary. The rest though! It's the worst! Can we make this thread into our special room to report on when rich neighborhoods piss us off?
― BRAAAAAAMETHEUS (El Tomboto), Friday, 16 October 2015 01:06 (1 month ago) Permalink
In other gentrification whining news, I realized an interesting trend in the restaurants in my neighborhood: Everywhere that's open for lunch (read: before 4pm) is part of a chain or series of restaurants owned by successful restaurant business people - mark and ty neal, mike isabella, andy shallal, etc). Everywhere else that doesn't open until happy hour is either a one-shot or belongs to some ass hats who magically haven't managed to run their one other concept into the ground yet. The lesson here is if you can't get it together to be open for lunch then maybe you're in the wrong business! And I'm tired of going to the same five places whenever I want to get lunch out somewhere without a hike! *shakes fist at capitalism*
― BRAAAAAAMETHEUS (El Tomboto), Friday, 16 October 2015 01:12 (1 month ago) Permalink
I sympathize with your rage in general, Mr. Tomboto. Continue to fight the power. And I am a big fan of lunch, especially if there's a liquor license involved (because I am an unapologetic drunkard). Absolutely agree that more places should serve lunch. But I see mom and pop-ish lunch places all over the place; not sure where you mean.
Downtown and in Crystal City there are loosely-Asian buffet pay-by-the-pound places and a zillion delis in almost every office building. Ditto Skyline and L'Enfant and Rockville and Farragut/Dupont. For years of being an office drone I subsisted mainly on deli reubens and street hot dogs. Doesn't Rosslyn (i forget if that is still your hood) have Piola, Café Asia, Guajillo - and is not too far from 4 Courts, Guarapo, Amsterdam Felafel?
If one's anti-chain purism is such that Ben's or Busboys and Poets are now OMG BAD AND HATED CHAIN RESTAURANTS because there's more than one of them, I don't know what to say. Yes, those are JUST like Applebee's. Ditto Jaleo, District Taco, Lebanese Taverna, Ray's. Or, for that matter, the Palm, Legal, etc. Basically TGIF with nicer linens. Perhaps sometimes "successful" means you're doing something right.
Re: Isabella, Kapnos is walkable for me and they do lunch quite decently. So does Vine & Fig, Mussel Bar, Ser, Liberty Tavern, Thirsty Bernie's.
― ice cream socialist (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:11 (1 month ago) Permalink
...Taqueria Poblano, Atlacatl, Majestic, Murphy's, 4 Sisters, Whitlow's, Cowboy Café, Kite Runner, El Ranchero, City Lights, Big Buns, Niwano Hana, La Caraquena...
― ice cream socialist (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 16 October 2015 13:22 (1 month ago) Permalink
Suburbanite me who lives in VA to be close to his VA dayjob is still disgusted by that Congressional Heights/St E's thing I mentioned above-- from giving Wizards/Mystics owner Leonsis an arena to the development now planned by the metro there. Folks I am mad at:
developer Geoffrey Griffis of CityPartners said he took an interest in the neighborhood back in 2008. Other Metro-accessible neighborhoods were booming, but Congress Heights wasn’t even on most investors’ maps, he said.
“I thought, here’s an opportunity to start to assemble something, to start to do something,” Griffis said in an interview.
To redevelop the area around the Metro station, he teamed with the Bethesda-based company Sanford Capital.
Over the next three years, Sanford Capital bought the four brick apartment buildings at 1309, 1331 and 1333 Alabama Ave. SE and 3210 13th St. SE for about $2.8 million.
Together, the companies laid out a plan calling for a 285,000-square-foot office building and about 208 apartments with ground-floor shopping. The project, Griffis said, would be “transformative,” bringing jobs and businesses to a long-neglected neighborhood.
...“We’re not trying to run anybody off. If anything, we’re trying to get them to work with us so we can move at a faster pace,” Griffis said.
Some residents are wary. City inspectors have cited Sanford Capital for nearly three dozen violations, including rat infestations, failure to maintain minimum temperatures, obstructed drains, broken lights, splintered floors, leaking faucets and defective smoke detectors.
Residents have accused Sanford Capital of deliberately contributing old mattresses and furniture to a trash heap in one building’s parking lot. The company also owes more than $10,000 in back taxes on two of the properties, according to the D.C. tax office.[/I]
― curmudgeon, Friday, 16 October 2015 14:21 (1 month ago) Permalink
Eesh. Disgusting and, sadly, not surprising.
― ice cream socialist (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 16 October 2015 14:45 (1 month ago) Permalink
I work in your neighborhood and they know how to be open for lunch, because Ballston is building density in office space as well as residential. Heck, the redevelopment of the Blue Goose parcel is exactly that. I'm living by 14th & U and I'm like hey my neighborhood is hopping! It's a bridge-and-tunnel destination! But it's like a freakin' dead zone until 5pm.
My point about the Neals, Isabella, Shallal et al. was that these are people who are demonstrably pretty good at the restaurant business, and all the "mom and pops" that aren't open for lunch are just being lazy. Literally you can walk down U or 14th all the way between columbia heights and logan and every place open for lunch is operated by people who are in the restaurant business to make lots of money. I look at all the other places and now I'm like, amateurs.
We do need more commercial space though. Whenever they finally tear down the reeves center I hope they put offices there and not more apartments.
― BRAAAAAAMETHEUS (El Tomboto), Saturday, 17 October 2015 13:44 (1 month ago) Permalink
when our bank screwed up our property taxes the DC OTR was all over our shit. wasn't anywhere near $10,000 either. developers get away with so much shit
― BRAAAAAAMETHEUS (El Tomboto), Saturday, 17 October 2015 14:02 (1 month ago) Permalink
They've been attempting to gentrify my apartment building in Alexandria for 2 years now and it's a hilarious, asbestos-laden disaster.
― Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Monday, 19 October 2015 04:09 (1 month ago) Permalink
Senor Tomboto, sorry for the snarkitude (think I mistook your point; I get you now).
As it happens I tried to have lunch with a friend in that hood a while back, and found the same thing. I wanted to go to Fainting Goat but they were closed. Ditto Vinoteca. I think Alero was open but meh. Nearing desperation ended up at Ben's Next Door, which is fine but does not exactly roxor one's soxorz.
Arlington's approach to affordable housing is nobly intended and sometimes succeeds - but it is very much swimming against the tide. The ratio of "affordable" to "at-market" rents in every new development is tweakable, and occasionally contributes to decent diversity. When I was young and underfunded I lived in a complex with a sliding scale (Woodbury Park, near Court House, run by the nonprofit AHC). At the time it was 60% "affordable" / 40% "market rate" - but "affordable" in these environs is still pretty steep compared to Manassas Park or whatever.
Accommodating current residents (as opposed to new ones who are non-rich). A lot of this development is happening in comparatively new spaces, though, and sometimes it leads to comical results.
For example, there's a church in Clarendon that decided to put an apartment building on top of the church. To do so they had to argue about whether or not they owned the air above their building. There are strong tax incentives for including affordable units in the building, and they of course wanted those. So they had to argue about whether or not a taxpayer-subsidized apartment that is on top of a church somehow violated church-state separation.
I know there are genuine heartbreaking human hardships all over, and I wish there were more we could do. But meanwhile this is the kind of silly argument we are having on this side of the river: if people see churchy signs and such while going to and from their subsidized apartments, does this constitute proselytizing, or imply state endorsement of a religious faith?
― ice cream socialist (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 19 October 2015 13:00 (1 month ago) Permalink
Student activists announce sit-in in President DeGioia’s office, call for name change to Mulledy Hall
By Elizabeth Teitz on November 12, 2015 News Georgetown students announced at a solidarity demonstration on Thursday, Nov. 12 that they are to begin a sit-in outside University President John DeGioia’s office on Friday morning to continue until administrators change the name of Mulledy Hall.
Several hundred students, faculty, and administrators attended the event, which was organized to call attention to racial disparities and discrimination at Georgetown as well as to send a message of support to activists across the country, including at University of Missouri and Yale University. The event, which was organized on Facebook, was hosted by Crystal Walker (SFS ‘16), Candace Milner (MSB ‘16), Queen Adesuyi (COL ‘16), Ayo Aruleba (COL ‘17), and Stephanie Estevez (COL ‘16).
The sit-in is to continue during the president’s business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until administrators change the name of Mulledy Hall, named for a former university president who sold 272 slaves to Louisiana in 1838 in order to raise money to pay off university debts.
Milner read off a list of demands from what she called a “working document,” which includes renaming McSherry Hall and the John Main Center, in addition to Mulledy Hall, installing plaques on unmarked graves of slaves on campus, the implementation of an annual program to mark slavery’s legacy at Georgetown, revision of campus tours to include information about the roles of black people in Georgetown’s history, mandatory training for professors on identity and diversity, and the creation of an “endowment to recruit black identifying professors.” The endowment should be “equivalent to the Net Present Value of the profit generated from the transaction in which 272 people were sold into bondage,” according to a document circulated by the Black Leadership Forum.
“We’ve been dialoguing enough. We are the university of dialogue,” said Walker who spoke at the event and sits on the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. “We want tangible change.”
The organizers also called for structural and cultural change on campus that reflects greater diversity and active progress.
“The culture doesn’t prioritize the needs of people of color,” said Antwan Robinson (COL ‘16). “You have to watch your backs on campus. It’s not always safe.” He spoke of feeling uncomfortable on campus due to a climate of racial intolerance and ongoing micro-aggressions, and urged students to speak up about the injustice they witnessed.
Administrators, including Dr. Todd Olson, vice president for Student Affairs, also attended the event.
“It’s very valuable to listen to our students tonight,” he said. “We are committed to continuing to engage with our students and make changes on our campus.”
After the event ended and participants dispersed, some lingered in Red Square, while Father Raymond Kemp, special assistant to the president and an adjunct professor in the Theology Department, walked through the square with one fist held in the air.
“This is solidarity, this is what I teach. It’s straight out of Papal doctrine,” he said. “This is exactly Catholic social teaching at its very best.”
This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
Editor’s note: An error with regards to Antwan Robinson’s class year has been corrected. Robinson is in the College Class of 2016, not the College Class of 2017.
In addition, a sentence summarizing Robinson’s remarks at the rally has been updated. The sentence previously read, “He spoke of feeling uncomfortable at times walking on campus at night due to a climate of racial intolerance, and urged students to speak up about the injustice they witnessed.”
I read elsewhere about U of MD issues:
― curmudgeon, Friday, 13 November 2015 15:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Friday, 13 November 2015 15:42 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Not sure I agree with Yechon as top Korean
― curmudgeon, Friday, 20 November 2015 17:22 (1 week ago) Permalink
The writer is including the whole region btw, not just DC itself
― curmudgeon, Friday, 20 November 2015 17:23 (1 week ago) Permalink