White girl travels east of the river, gets scared, blogs about it
“Being the minority is scary,” muses Marianne Johnson, an American University student that is blogging about her internship experience on an AU-hosted network.
Vox thought it had seen the last of disastrously misinformed race commentary in Greater Greater Washington contributor Veronica Davis’ post about why black neighborhoods see low Capital Bikeshare usage (Her answer: “In general, African-Americans…are averse to colder temperatures”). But we were wrong.
Whereas our Tea Party brethren told tourists to stay off the Green line, Johnson is alright with going to these “scary” neighborhoods. But she has a couple of rules.
For example, Johnson has learned that you need to “fake it till you make it.”
The “ghetto” people can smell fear, apparently. Remember: “Dreed = half ass presentation” [sic]. So, smile, “it confuses people.”And keep your phone on you because “A CELL PHONE WOULD ALLOW YOU TO CALL 911.”
In typical fashion, Johnson lumps all of Southeast into one whole. Keep in mind that Southeast includes Capitol Hill, Navy Yard, and Barney Circle west of the Anacostia River, as well as at least two dozen neighborhoods east of the river, including the Anacostia neighborhood itself. From her description, Johnson is probably somewhere around Capitol View.
“Words can not describe” how happy Johnson is to leave Southeast behind. We can only hope this means that she won’t be writing about it anymore.
Image by Peter Fitzgerald
Edit: The post has been updated to strike-out a misleading sentence. Johnson did not use the word “ghetto” in her post.