Castaneda, Ruben. “4 SLAIN, 2 HURT IN NW CLUB.” washingtonpost.com. Accessed April 13, 2017.
In his 4 SLAIN, 2 HURT IN NW CLUB, author Ruben Castaneda reports a shooting that took place in a club called John’s Place located within the 1700 block of 7th street NW. Gunmen enter the club seeking to kill one man, Robert Lee Walker. Not only was Walker shot, five more victims were shot and four of those were died from their wounds. The article describes this as “extraordinary” due to the significant number of people killed and wounded. Castaneda uses this shooting not only to inform locals of a slain, but to explain the rise of the region’s homicide rate during the 1990s. He goes the extra mile and uses examples of other local shootings to argue the seriousness of this point. Examples such as a shooting in Landover with five deaths and a shooting within NE with three deaths were mentioned within this article. To further illustrate this point, Castaneda reports that the total of homicides within that year is 83 compared to the previous year of 84. With exaggerated terms such as “spiraled upward”, Castaneda is trying to call to the readers’ attention of how serious and dangerousness of this situation. Through the use of logos, Castaneda is ultimately reminding readers how close to home this situation is.
The current location of John’s Place
Castaneda’s article serves great purpose for my upcoming paper within this writing course. My next major paper is focusing on the John’s Place bar, which is now no longer existent. I plan to use this article to report the previous dangers within the 1700 block of 7th street. As well, further understand how dangerous life was in D.C. during the 1990s and compare that to the present time.
Dvorak, Petula. “From Chocolate City to Latte City: Being black in the new D.C.” washingtonpost.com. Accessed April 13, 2017.
In her From Chocolate City to Latte City: Being black in the new D.C., author Petula Dvorak is calling to attention of how serious societal displacement is growing within the African American in Washington D.C. Washington D.C., formerly known as the “Chocolate City”, was home to having a large population of Black minorities. According to Dvorak, the Blacks/African Americans is decreasing to due to gentrification and societal structural changes within D.C. As well, doesn’t help much since the cost of living in D.C. is arising and the government is providing a lack of housing for long term and low income residents. The author mentions neighborhoods such as Congress Heights, known for housing numerous low-income rent controlled facilities, is now being developed to provide tourist attractions. Not only does Dvorak focus on the housing aspect, she also discussed the mistreatment African Americans are receiving. Author uses the example of an African American boy arrested for attempted robbery due to racial profiling to illustrate her point. Dvorak refers to D.C. within her article as now the “Latte City” to reiterate how displaced African Americans are within D.C. Ultimately, through the use of pathos, Dvorak is trying to remind readers of how disadvantaged and excluded African Americans are within D.C.
The Nation’s Capital
Petula’s article is calling to attention of serious issues this is. This is article is important to me because I am an African American native Washingtonian and this does affect my well being. After viewing her article, I feel as though a silent issue pertaining to my community is being addressed and there needs to be resolutions in order to solve this dilemma.