by Colbert I. King, Washington Post.
Making lemonade out of lemons can still leave a sour taste……..
But those commemorations don’t blot out the bad things in our past, take away the painful memories or make up for the losses that those bad things caused.
Nor do they mask the changes taking place before our very eyes:
The displacement of black and brown neighborhoods with younger, better-educated, more affluent white millennials.
The socioeconomic disparities — more than $60 million allocated to renovate Murch Elementary School in the prosperous upper Northwest Van Ness neighborhood, while Savoy Elementary School in poverty-stricken Southeast was shut and its students parceled out to other schools because it was overrun with rodents and bedbugs.
The radical changes in priorities — a family leave program costing tens of millions of dollars and primarily benefiting non-D.C. residents; a city commitment to keep operating, for at least the next four years, a no-fare streetcar line along gentrifying H Street NE at $8 million annually.
Closing out observance of Black History Month, and surveying the evolving D.C. landscape and the drift of things, the sour taste lingers.