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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WP: Dream City Revisited

Mike DeBonis, who moderated the recent Greater Greater Washington sponsored talk on the book Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, DC, offers some reflection. DeBonis muses upon the book, the District 20 years later, and the challenges the District faces today, and in the future.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whose dream is this? For a city that is mostly female, and still mostlly afroamerican, I think that it is a bit weird that the writers, organizers and panel moderator of this event were all white men. Where is everyone else?

poo said...

they're in prince george's county.

Anonymous said...

um, the authors of the book happen to be white, so there's not much you can do about that. not sure why the race of the person interviewing them about their book is relevant, but your facts are wrong: DC is no longer mostly afroamerican.

Anonymous said...

You may wish that my fact are wrong but according to the Census Bureau, DC is 50.7% afroamerican and 38.5 % white

Anonymous said...

and now you're wrong twice over. the census you cite is 2010 data. in 2011 the black population fell below 50%. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/us/18dc.html?_r=3&hp
but you're the one who seems to think that's an important figure that should be used to dictate the makeup of a book discussion panel. i think it's unfortunate we focus on things like that as they tend to divide us or suggest we have more differences than we do things in common.

Anonymous said...

have any african americans written any good books on dc? share if you got them

Anonymous said...

Ever heard of Edward P Jones, or Janetta Barras?

Anonymous said...

White people cant write about anyone other than white people. Or robots. White people can't write about robots.