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NO SENSE OF DECENCY IN DC

NOV 30, 2007
Special for THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!
© Amir Bey, 2007
Washington DC is loaded with monuments and museums, but what about its residents?
(The video above is sometimes tricky for certain browsers, so here's some of the text)

Have you no sense of decency...? Senator Jospeh R. McCarthy was asked in 1954. This question should be asked again to the powers that be in DC. Why? DCís African American community has been in prolonged Katrina neglect without a hurricane: recent statistics show Washington has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the country; there are bad schools; high murder and crime rates; and lately, gentrification. In any other town displacement and other housing problems would be dealt with on a local level, but this is the nationís capitol and as DC residents, they have a no-voting representative in congress, which leaves elected officials from around the country in control; some kind of concern for its inhabitants by those in congress and the federal government would be appropriate.

Yeah, that's right, no sense of decency in DC. That's to say that a sense of shame should motivate the federal government to help not only DC residents who are being displaced by gentrification, but also those being un-housed in other parts of the country as well.

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