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(Washington Examiner) — Racial rhetoric has been increasingly used in the fight to free the District from federal oversight  as city officials gear up for a sustained battle with Congress.  “When we celebrate Emancipation Day in the District, wouldn’t it be nice if we were emancipated ourselves?” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said Thursday during a news conference focused on his fight against a congressional push to revive a city school voucher program. The District celebrates the day about 3,100 slaves were freed in D.C. on April 16, 1862. “Many of their successors live in the District of Columbia today who are not emancipated,” Gray said.

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