Castaneda, Ruben, and DeNeen L. Brown. “4 SLAIN, 2 HURT IN NW CLUB.” The Washington Post, 25 Feb. 1990. washingtonpost.com, https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1990/02/25/4-slain-2-hurt-in-nw-club/24cb2a56-7514-450a-ad6e-5d084c56fede/?utm_term=.47d989d53320.
In their article for the Washington Post, Ruben Castaneda and DeNeen L Brown are furthering the argument that encompassed the Shaw neighborhood during the crack epidemic, in that the area is a place full of crime and drug related violence. Through this report on a shooting that took place at a nightclub called John’s Place, Castaneda and Brown are rightfully adding to the idea that Shaw was a place to be avoided. In their article, they point out that John’s Place used to be a place for more elderly people, but in more recent years it has become a spot where drug related people go. This fact provides a sense of what kind of place John’s Place was, but then reinforces the idea that even a modest and neighborhood friendly place like this is ridden with violence. To the audience, it gives off the impression that all of Shaw is like this, which provides it with an identity that started with the idea that only parts of Shaw was bad, to the idea that now even a place like John’s Place is bad. It sort of personalizes it for outsiders if they know what kind of place John’s Place was, and I think this was Castaneda and Brown’s intention.
This article will prove to be a very important article for my purposes because it touches on so many different angles. I can connect what I learned in this article, even if it’s a small amount of information about what John’s Place was like, and make inferences and maybe even contact the Pastor of the church across the street to find out more. The idea that this article adds to the stigma of Shaw is interesting because the only information that the outside audience is receiving about Shaw are articles like these that hit on the facts of drug related violence, therefore the only thing that people are going to think about when they think of Shaw are bad things. This is going to be extremely important for my purposes because I plan to talk a lot about how people perceive Shaw now versus how it was perceived back then, and give rise to the fact that all people knew was the bad and I’ll hopefully find a lot of good to counter the bad.
Woods, Alan. “Shaw DC: Up-and-Coming Neighborhood on the Cusp of Change – Movoto.” Movoto Real Estate, http://www.movoto.com/guide/dc/shaw-dc-up-and-coming-neighborhood-on-the-cusp-of-change/. Accessed 26 Mar. 2017
This neighborhood website article by Alan Woods is catering to prospective Shaw inhabitants, and is arguing that the Shaw neighborhood is a thriving up and coming area with a rich history and great place to live do to the convenient mix of commercial and residential life. This article attempts to talk about the history of Shaw in relation to the modern day Shaw. It breeds the idea that the modern day Shaw is great today because of the rich history and culture it has. However, the history that is discussed has nothing to do with the crime and violence that took place in Shaw during the crack epidemic in Washington DC. It is as if this fact is purposely being hidden from the general public. This is a common trend amongst articles that talk about the modern day Shaw. People want to talk about how there is an abundance of African American history, but they don’t want to talk about what really happened.
For my purposes, I am going to use this article to strengthen my argument about how Shaw is seen today as this place to experience African American culture. This to people is seen as this trendy thing to do, when in reality no one is talking about the horrible things that happened in Shaw. I think it is a strange thing to talk about Shaw in a way where it seems people like to leave out the honest truth about its history. This source is definitely catering to a very specific audience of people – people who could potentially purchase property in Shaw or just spend their money in Shaw with it’s many amenities, so the person who wrote this is careful to not include any history that could sway people to not spending money. The language shows that they are very cleverly hiding the truth by saying there is an abundance of culture to immerse yourself in. This is going to be useful for me because it will help me prove that people really are trying to brush aside what it was actually like now that they are making lots of money.