1. Gentrification is for real here.
Dave Chappelle’s 2000 stand-up album Killin’ Them Softly was recorded in DC, and he opened his set by remarking, “DC has changed! It’s different now. There’s a lot of white people walking around. …It was not like this in the 80’s.”
DC was 70% black in the 70s, but the number has since dropped down to 50%. Only Portland has gentrified faster. The gentrification is largely because of people like myself: transitory middle class white people who moved into the city because a) we wanted to live in a city and b) we wanted political jobs. While those reasons are harmless enough on their face, their side effects are a pretty mixed bag for poorer often black families: H Street, where I lived, has rapidly gentrified, and the newcomers often price out the poor, usually black families that had lived in the neighborhood for a much longer period of time.