Dvorak, Petula. “From Chocolate City to Latte City: Being Black in the New D.C.” The Washington Post. WP Company, 15 Oct. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.
In her news article Petula Dvorak starts off her article with the cold hard facts about that decreasing number of black people that once made up the famous District of Columbia; what was once known as Chocolate City is now Latte City. What was once a majority african american city is a majority white city, she highlights the things that are driving African American people out of the nations capital. The racial profiling and discrimination is at an all time high; she details the story of Jason Goolsby and young black college student that was forced to the ground in handcuffs for simply using the local ATM. She addresses the disappearance of affordable housing that is forcing a lot of people in black neighborhoods to relocate entirely, due to the “rebuilding” in many areas of DC that cause the price of housing to skyrocket. So many of this things that DC knows and love was created and upheld by the black residents of DC.
I plan on using this article in a way that adds the support of local voices and journalism to my research. In the article, examples and stories of local black people that are affected by the changing race relations in DC, would be very helpful for my paper when looking at the reinvention of the Lincoln Theatre in a systematic approach.
Hopkinson, Natalie. “Farewell to Chocolate City.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 23 June 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.
In this New York Times article, Natalie Hopkinson, interviews local born and raised DC resident Donna, and African American woman in her late 40s. Donna’s family has own having in DC for the past three generations of people and she has watched city full of people that look liked her, speak and move, and act like turn into a city that she doesn’t even recognize. Hopkinson highlights how easy it is for local black DC residents to feel like a stranger in their own homes when the familiar neighborhoods, people and places are being removed and leaving and being replaced with entities unfamiliar to them. Hopkinson briefly touches on the long history of Washington DC dating back to 1791, and what it meant at the time as one of the only safe cities for African American people. The reader is reminded of all of the iconic African American people such as Zora Neale Hurston and Duke Ellington that helped make DC home for a lot of black people. Natalie Hopkinson closes that article with addressing Donna’s feelings of “hopelessness” and “worthlessness” when she feels like the City that has given everything to her, is now pushing her farther away than ever.
This journal news article is very helpful for me in a way that the previous article from the Washington Post was helpful to me in the fact that, these are first hand accounts of local black people young, old and middle age telling their story and what the city was like in their eyes and how they city it now. This article goes into exactly what changes have occurred in black neighborhoods the touches on the upsetting reality for so many black residents such as the woman featured in this article.