Gentrifier Suggests Howard University Move Its Campus After Students Complain Of Constant Dog Walking & The Internet Said “Not Today!”
In a recent news story, students at Howard University detailed their frustration over neighboring residents’ usage of the campus greenery as a one-stop dog park.
Washington, D.C.’s Fox 5 published a local news report where several man on the street interviewees summarized the students’ frustration.
“The Yard is for the students and although everyone loves pets, I feel like it’s disrespectful to have the pets just running around, especially when there are several parks around here, If they come on ‘The Yard’ and they’re just walking through, I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, but I still feel like there are other ways to get around D.C. without having to cut through a college campus,” said Malakhi Briggs, a sophomore at the historically Black college.
But then enters Sean Grubbs-Robishaw, a white man who lives in the Shaw-Howard neighborhood where Howard resides.
“So, they’re in part of D.C. so they have to work within D.C. If they don’t want to be within D.C. then they can move the campus,” he said. “I think we just need to work together and I don’t think it should be a he or there or here… It’s our community and that’s how it should be.”
Since Howard’s founding in 1865, Washington D.C. has dramatically changed, morphing from “Chocolate City,” to the sudden erasure of the Black businesses and residents who have contributed to the city’s cultural relevance. Howard is regarded as “The Mecca,” due to the legacy of the alumni who have roamed its halls and the daily communion which occurs on campus as students from across the diaspora gather in the name of academia.
A recent study summarized in the Washington Post showed the city had the most gentrified neighborhoods in the country between 2000 and 2013. The report conducted by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, estimates that around 20,000 black residents were displaced over that period.
This is also the same neighborhood which made news last week after a Metro PCS store was forced to turn off its music due to resident complaints, quieting years of joy and jubilation patrons received when they walked past the store.
WKYS radio host Angie Ange shared the short clip to her Twitter which of course prompted a spirited debate over the legacy of Howard, gentrification and the inherent default of colonizing Black spaces and safe zones.
Somehow good ol Sean found Angie’s tweet and decided to respond to her with peak caucasity.
What’s clear is that Sean needs to one, find a grammar book which is probably readily easy to find on Howard’s campus, and then two, crack open a history book to understand that Howard has remained a large part of the city’s narrative, since its inception.
Social media of course came to gather Sean and any other colonizer who wanted any part of the smoke.