Participation requested. Your response is greatly appreciated.
I’m riding the yellow line back from DC this afternoon. In one of the seats ahead of me, there was a couple – man and woman – and an older gentleman. Not too old, maybe father old or uncle old. Not grandfather old. To make it easier, lets call the boyfriend Paul, the girlfriend Amy, and the older guy Dan. Remember that. Paul and Amy are sitting down. Dan is standing up. Dan is standing in front of the Metro map on the train. It’s obvious that Paul and Amy live here and Dan is visiting. Dan is asking all kinds of questions about the different train lines and the associated stops. He asks about Foggy Bottom, Paul and Amy tell him George Washington is near there. He asks about L’Enfant Plaza. They named federal buildings and restaurants. Dan asked about the Navy Yard stop, Paul replies with info about National Park.
Here’s the reason for me writing.
Paul tells Dan as a white man, he should never go any farther than the Navy Yard station. He continued on and said it isn’t safe for him as a white man (his words, not mine) be in any of the associated neighborhoods with the green line after the park. Paul then tells a story of how he got drunk one night after a game and decided to walk home from ‘that area’ and a cop told him that it wasn’t safe for him and to get in a cab and go home immediately.
I feel some kinda way about it… I just don’t know how or why.
For those that don’t know, after the Navy Yard Ballpark stop, you enter the urban area of DC. Urban = kinda hood. Anacostia, Congress Heights, Southern Ave, Naylor Rd, Suitland, Branch Ave. I’ve driven through those areas. It’s definitely urban.
What do you think? Something? Nothing? Do you feel any kind of way about it? If so, how do you feel?
Please be intelligent. I’m really good with my delete button.