Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"I haven't seen one white person"

There are so many things wrong with this Twitter exchange I don't even know where to start. It doesn't take a genius to read between the tweets and see the fear. Why does "Black" automatically have to be synonymous with "ghetto" and "scary"? Why is this okay?

Go HERE to read why I highlight these tweets.



UPDATE:
I feel the need to combat some of the "haterade" with a little #SoutheastLove. ;)















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7 comments:

SilentWarrior said...

Well I had to comment to this guy on twitter

Kim ‏@kimd777
@thewillT @BienTease

And immediately he claimed they were not racist "surprise" and changed their description to predominantly black neighborhood, but could not answer my question on how that makes it "scary, ghetto, and hood" Humm

not racist said...

IT MAKES IT SCARY AND HOOD BECAUSE THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS BOTH SOME OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF CRIME AND MURDER ALONG WITH SOME OF THE LOWEST PER CAPITA INCOME. NOT BECAUSE THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS ALSO 92% BLACK AND 5% LATINO. THATS PROBABLY WHY I WAS THE ONLY WHITE PERSON.THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE CLAUSES AND THIS BLOGGWR IS USING MY TWEETS TO ADVANCE HER CAMPAIGN TO SCORN PEOPLE WHO CONSIDER THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE SCARY BECAUSE OF IT'S RATES OF CRIME.

Barbara Scott said...

Here are the facts: he drove across the bridge and said this place is so hood, scary and I do not see one white person (meaning all these people are black.) He became scared BECAUSE of what he saw. He did NOT see signs that said, "Welcome!!-Lowest per Capita Income!!" and "Welcome, High Rates of Crime and Murder!!"

Guy, I am not saying your racist. But this is a chance to notice your thought patterns, and the response you got is how black people feel and are affect by them. In fact, imagine this thought pattern amplified millions of times by millions of white people about all things black. This is what black people live with and have to circumvent in order to live life everyday. This affects who chooses us for jobs, who are willing to shop in our neighborhood and therefore our economy/services/schools/etc. It is an extra level of strain that we deal with in life everyday .
So again, consider your thinking process, how you spread this thinking process, and what your actions do because of them.

Whitney Hubbard said...

Ugh, people are so misinformed, it's quite sad!

Why does it even matter whether or not you saw white people? Why else would you comment on the presence of a particular race of people? Why is that something you even noticed?

And contrary to popular (ignorant) belief there are PLENTY of Caucasians in Anacostia, and many are buying in my neighborhood!

not racist said...

Fair enough.But the OP branded me as racist for making an observation. sure there were some bad stereotypes. I knew those stats before driving over the bridge and even though I'm not from DC have had a friend whose grand cherokee was stolen, and another who has been mugged, both in SE DC. I come from a small town so urban areas are unknown to me. I'm not saying that all people, or the whole area can be scary or is hood, but you must admit that some parts are and that some people, along with strong statistics to support these claims give the ward a bad rep.

The Advoc8te said...

Hello --

OP here. A few things:

1) I never called your racist. I said you were "ignorant" and that lack of knowledge was very clear from your tweets --- this exchange highlighted here and subsqueent tweets you hoped would strengethn your position.

Now why do I say your comments were ignorant (not a dig at you but just a word to describe your clear lack of basic knowledge);

1. Anacostia does not equal "Southeast." Anacostia is a small neighborhood, one of about a dozen in Ward 8. I will bet dollars to doughnuts that the area you tweeted about probably wasn't even in the Anacostia neighborhood.

2. "Southeast" doesn't even include east of the river (across the bridge). Southeast includes neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Navy Yard, Barracks Row -- places you probably don't consider "scary" because as you pointed out in a later tweet not included in this exchange "they are not predominantly black"

3. Describing east of the river as "Southeast" is stupid because Wards 7 and Ward 8 include 3 quadrants: NE, SE, and SW -- a part of Ward 7 is even on the other side of the river that you deem safe.

4. The crime stats you mentioned (after you had been called out on the blog for your ignorant comments) are by ward. You didn't find crime stats on the Anacostia neighborhood because they aren't grouped that way. Crime states are compiled by ward or by PSA so before you keep pulling those out of your ass to try to justify calling a neighborhood (you clearly haven't been to) "ghetto" get it right.

5. I didn't call you racist but your comments, where you yourself in black and white mentioned race and your observation (and later justification) of the neighborhood being "scary" because of the lack of seeing anyone else white came from you. (btw, I know several Whites who live and work in Anacostia, Ward 8, and East of the River).

6. It is clear that you are embarrassed and to be honest that was the point. You threw something out there for laughs, to score points of a community you know zip about and clearly had no respect for and you thought it was okay. I suppose you thought a "ghetto" community without any "Whites" can't read tweets let alone repost them on a blog. News flash: Black people can read, poor people can read, and they know ignorance when they see it.

So perhaps instead of trying to justify what was stereotypical and ignorant comments made by you, you should be a man, admit you spoke out of turn and that there is probably a lot you don't know about the neighborhood of Anacostia, the Wards of east of the river, and the quadrant of Southeast -- both sides of the river.

It takes a second to send a tweet, but a lifetime to be a jackass.

Don't be a jackass.

P.S. Perhaps you should take a sec, come back east of the river, to the NEIGHBORHOOD of Anacostia and check out some of these great things:

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Honfleur Gallery
Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique
The Gallery at Vivid Solutions
Vivid Solutions Archival Print Lab
America's Islamic Heritage Museum
The HIVE
The HIVE 2.0
Anacostia Park
Big Chair Cafe

and coming in Spring 2013: Anacostia Playhouse and Cedar Hill Bar and Grill.

The Advoc8te said...

Was typing fast (I have to go to work - in Anacostia)

Meant to say "Southeast" doesn't just include the neighborhoods east of the river. There are neighborhoods on both sides of the river that are in the SE quadrant.