Wednesday, July 18, 2012

HORTON'S KIDS IN WARD 8


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9 comments:

Margaret said...

I guess in order to gain the most support from outsiders they have to post the worst pictures ever of Ward 8 and call it a "dilapidated and depressing place". That makes me sad.

The Advoc8te said...

To be honest I had the same feeling you did. I even debated whether or not to post this video. After thinking about it for a while I decided to share it but I will just have to work a little harder to make sure people see all the great places and people in Ward 8. There is hope and happiness here.

Is Ward 8 perfect? No. Is it hell on earth? No.

IMGoph said...

Where's that really high bridge that shows at the end? That's not from anywhere near DC that I'm familiar with.

the teej. said...

I had a wonderful childhood and lacked nothing growing up in Congress Heights. I understand that not everyone is Ward 8 has the same experience, and would never dissuade a program like this one from helping folks who need it, but I bristle under their characterization of Ward 8 as a garbage-littered war zone.

I think you say it best, Nikki: "Is Ward 8 perfect? No. Is it hell on earth? No."

The Advoc8te said...

@Imogh I can't place that bridge either. I have watched the video three times and it doesn't look like a bridge in Ward 8 but then again I can't place any of the other images in the video. They don't look like Ward 8 neighborhood landmarks I am familiar with but then again I haven't survived the whole ward. The warehouse is also a puzzle.

The Advoc8te said...

"surveyed" LOL

Anonymous said...

advocate your pg roots are showing please leave ward 8 be fore we chase u out

The Advoc8te said...

LOL! That was hilarious!!!!

Pitchforks and torches on aisle 3!

:)

Anonymous said...

OMG! I am soo tired of these bored white women starting new organizations to save "those poooor black kids who know one but me cares about..." Another "Blind Side".
There are literally 20+ different kids charities, clubs, a rescue organizations for Ward 7 and 8 alone- not counting church ones! And every year, some new set of white women come around to talk about crack babies, at risk black boys, yadayada...So what is going on? Sure there are SERIOUS problems, but not like these professional saviors say.And why do we need more groups? Why don't we just support the ones we have or unify them? We can't keep givin every white woman or precocious white kid in the suburbs a black charity to play with (and get newpaper and magazine articles written about them over). Next year some 10 year old white girl will be handing out baby blankets and teddy bears to all the homeless black kids in Ward8- despite the fact that most Ward 8 kids have homes and many Xbox's. Does anyone really get the type of poverty and problems Ward 8 has or are they just going ot continue to hire "stunt at risk teens" to tell slightly exaggerated stories ("I saw a dead body get dumped out a window.....why momma just asked me "did you win?.....now I'm violent..."). Its like, tell the white lady what she wants to hear and get a scholarship. I have lived here all my life(40 years) and seen dead bodies 2 times, witnessed 3 shootings and heard MANY more. This is not great. But its not the Ward 8 these kids- and the others being propped up to STAR in these videos- are describing.