What's Tweeting Courtland Milloy? The Washington Post columnist tweaks D.C.'s newcomers as "myopic little twits," but is he the crotchety grandpa the city needs?

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The Post, as it happens, is also home to the official counter-narrative, though you’ll have to look harder to find it: Its most prominent platform is on page B1, where Milloy has a contract for a single weekly column. He writes more when he’s moved, which, this fall, was often. In Milloy’s telling, Fenty and Rhee were villains who closed down black-majority schools and heedlessly sacked black teachers and bureaucrats.

Milloy’s column was about the only place where many white Washingtonians even encountered that narrative, which reached its apotheosis in a scathing post-election column headlined “Ding-dong, Fenty’s gone. The wicked mayor is gone.” Reveling in his schadenfreude, Milloy expounded on his theory as to why Fenty bit it. “In a stunning repudiation of divisive, autocratic leadership, District residents Tuesday toppled the city’s ruling troika: Mayor Adrian Fenty, Attorney General Peter Nickles and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. All busted up,” he wrote in a column that quickly went viral. “The trio’s contempt for everyday people was handed back to them in spades at the polls.”

Of course, Milloy wasn’t eligible to vote against Fenty himself: He lives in Fort Washington, in Prince George’s County. All the same, he was the first major writer to play up racial voting dynamics that most of Washington could sense—but didn’t dare articulate—well ahead of election day. Milloy accused Fenty of catering to the privileged. He also took aim at Fenty supporters, coining a phrase readers are unlikely to forget anytime soon. After recounting Fenty’s refusal to meet with Dorothy Height and Maya Angelou, Milloy tore into Fenty-ites who might not recognize the importance of such a gesture.

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“Watch them at the chic new eateries,” Milloy wrote. “Fenty’s hip newly arrived ‘creative class’ firing up their ‘social media’ networks whenever he’s under attack: Why should the mayor have to stop his work just to meet with some old biddies, they tweet. Who cares if the mayor is arrogant as long as he gets the job done? Myopic little twits.”

“Myopic little twits” seemed like code (barely coded code, at that) for young, white gentrifiers, and Milloy got gigabytes of angry e-mails that assumed as much. “On behalf of all young white new residents to the District—thanks for making us feel so welcome!” one furious note read. “Let me clue you in to something. We’re not leaving. We are her[e] to stay because we like this city and we’re only going to become more involved.”

But where the hundreds of irate comments clogged the Post’s website following the publication of Milloy’s “Ding, Dong” column were testimony to his having struck a nerve, the local blogosphere’s reaction was a bit different: Milloy, the myopic twits argued, was yesterday’s man.

“The column goes so much further than legitimate political criticism allows, depicting an author with an apparent desire to re-inject a culture of divisiveness back into the city,” wrote DCist.com editor Aaron Morrissey. And why would he do that? “I don’t know if ‘offensive’ is the right word for it. He’s a columnist, and his job is to churn up reactions. It just struck me as being a little out of touch.”

Adam Serwer, a D.C.-bred American Prospect writer and frequent Twitter presence, argued that Milloy’s “divisiveness” was a red herring: “It’s important to note that Gray never talked like this, even if some of his supporters did,” Serwer wrote. On the phone, Serwer, who’s biracial, explains that Milloy had dragged race into something that was primarily about economics. Serwer figures high unemployment rates led to Fenty’s undoing, not the snubbing of venerated black women. Why overstate racial resentment? “He sort of represents a certain kind of establishment perspective.”

Once upon a time, Milloy was the young writer using terms like “out of touch” and “establishment perspective” to describe his targets. That those words are now being used to describe him is perhaps a clue as to how much things have changed since the days of community uprisings and disco. Talking to Milloy, and reading his column, the rhetoric feels a bit dated—right down to the undercurrent of college Marxism. “Troika?”

Talk to Milloy about the state of the media and his cranky-old-uncle schtick becomes even more apparent. “Sounds perverted,” he gripes when asked about Twitter, his voice suddenly mockingly high: “Follow me on Twitter, and watch me tweet...”

“There was some anger,” Milloy says of his September columns. “There was [also] some, ‘Thank you for putting into words what I’ve been thinking.’” Those who gave Milloy a thumbs-up on his screed were likely frustrated with Fenty’s administration.

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I respect Courtland's views. He's entitled to them. My complaint is that he is not that good a writer.
He told dat BAP who wrote the fake ass "Jimmy's World" she was fakin' hard. My mans told her stuck-up ass she ain't know Condon Terrace like he did. He was right and the paper had to give back that Prize. He go hard in the paint unlike these wanna be radical faux hippy pink ass yungins (you can be black as night and still be pink so dont get it twisted, tangled, confused) wit they lil ass dogs and organic underpants walking through my 'hoods like history done started when they parents bought 'em a nice cono investment. Phuck you pink people and on da real phuck Milloy cuz he be fakin' real hard most the time 2.
I think Courtland Milloy can indulge in hyperbole, but man is he a welcome corrective to the Post's pro-Fenty (and now, it seems, anti-Gray) reporting. Anyone see the headline analysis done by DCist yesterday on budget cuts? Post does not come out with flying colors there. Anyone see the inside page of Metro this morning, where the Post selects one reader's comments: "I miss Fenty." Um...he's not gone yet...
Maybe you should wait until Gray steps into office before you start hating on him?
Could someone please translate Southeast Jerome's tirade? I don't speak jive. Thanks!
Of course he lives in Maryland. That explains a lot. Nothing to lose. You want to make this city a better place, Milloy? How about you bring your tax dollars into our base. Move here and join a neighborhood watch. Go out and clean up the trash your neighborhood crack house strews in the street and park every night. Fight with outsiders to quit squatting on your home turf. Demand better treatment from your elected officials and business people. Heck, start a blog even...
Very interesting and well-written article. Ever since reading Milloy's rant, I've wanted to know more about him.

It seems that he has his points to make, but in my opinion he goes about it in a very unproductive way. The new reality of Washington, DC is that there are dramatic mixtures of age, ethnicities and incomes. Simply because some of these choose to use new technologies to communicate and report on things which are important to them doesn't by necessity put them at odds with the existing residents. It also doesn't mean that they voted for Fenty.

I don't tweet things or blog about stuff, but I do think some of the content generated is intelligent and thought-provoking.
I appreciate Mr. Milloy's column, and am extremely happy he wrote the truth. He kept it real, and in a way, for both Black Washington, and its new, mostly White residents that have moved in over the past decade, this is a good thing.

Truth is as much as we say the city celebrates racial diversity, what it really does is accepting of racial tolerance.

As a Black person with many White friends, both in this city, where I have lived for the last 20 years, and from the previous 30 years where I grew up in Northern Virginia, I am to the point of no longer being shocked with how out of touch my White friends are about everyday life in DC. Its like since they have gentrified DC within striking distance of a majority they have no clue about DC's Black population other than what they read in the newspaper or see on TV most of which is negative. And because in these newly gentrified neighborhoods, most of the people look like them. Thats been further advanced as the nature driven boundary of the Anacsotia River is the economic redline of the city where the 95% Black population East of the River is enough to still have DC as a majority Black city of 55%. It might be useful and prudent for future racial harmony if the new ward boundaries that are coming, the result of the census, once again crosses the river instead of isolating the Black populace in Wards 7 & 8.

Then again, maybe for political and social purposes, the gentrifying crowd would prefer it stay that way?

It was somewhat amusing to me to read how Ward 3 residents, many of whom have actually been here for a long time, were shocked about the dislike there was of Mayor Fenty in most majority Black communities in town. Its Courtland Milloy, and also Postie editorial writer Colbert King, that gave a glance into our community. The difference being, Mr. King writes like a Martin Luther King, Jr in his approach, while Mr Milloy writes like Malcolm X.

Dr. King is admired, Malcolm X was revered.

I'd say to those White folks who dislike Mr. Milloy that you better appreciate him. His columns letting you know what some Black folks are saying, thinking, and feeling, may save you in a heated situation one of these days.
Thoughtful article. I've been reading him for awhile and didn't know the backstory.
Steve,

Usually those who criticize that someone does not write well are seldom familiar with writing on a grand scale. They learned how to write for a class, work or a single position purpose and don’t realize writing has many forms. And not only is more than one style is correct. More than one style is preferred.

He writes for the Post ‘s editorial page. That is not something they give out in cereal boxes. This is paper of record—that let go one former Loose Lipper because she did not write to their international standard. I damn well believe that qualifies him as an exceptionally good writer. What qualifies you above this prestigious (albeit yet annoying) institution to say Courtland does not write well. Please, oh please enlighten me.
Use of "hard in the paint" and "organic underpants" in the same sentence? Best comment ever.
Excellent article, Rend. Body language and facial expressions must've been priceless when you popped the question: "Do you like white people?"
It would just be nice if there was one black columnist who wrote about the serial victimizers and self destruction within the black community without blaming whites. As a 40 year resident of DC I can honestly say I believe that the black community is its own worst enemy. I understand the historical roots as much as I can but come on, blaming whitey is just another version of the welfare system: it keeps blacks enslaved (now I'm quoting Barry, time to die). Is there any black columnist who'd admit that or are we doomed to Milloy and his myopia on myopic twits and such? Talk about fiddling while black America burns.
Wow, a lot of sad hatred flowing around these here comments says one of them gentrific old guys who moved here 25 years ago. What does this comment even mean; "His columns letting you know what some Black folks are saying, thinking, and feeling, may save you in a heated situation one of these days."
Save me from what, vitriolic unfetterd stupidity and violence? I live in the city, raise my children, volunteer and donate large amounts of my excess funds to our public school to benefit all children; in other words I am your average unoticed citizen. We all need to calm down grow up and all work together; lets start with the children because they have not formed the hate and pathos expressed here. Courtlands hitherto unknown addiction issues make sense to me now; thus the patented denial based irrational comments about the PG County Exec. conduct. Hey, come to think of it Courtland doesn't speak for us he lives in MD!.....
it's clear to me that southeast jerome is white
Mr. Milloy knows plenty about our city that the new, white kids will never know. My own opinion, after moving here on August 27, l963 (to join the March on Washington)on the 28th, is that too many white folks still do not see their whiteness. It just is the way it is. I started teaching in l963 at the old Shaw Junior High ( 7th and Rhode Island, NW. ) now one can barely buy a house in that area for less than half a million dollars. Gentrification by white kids is the way it is...some of that is due to their whiteness and the history of racism. Blacks were kept out of housing, FHA mortgages and all the rest of it. Many white kids have parents who can borrow on their houses to send kids to schools and leave real estate to their kids... It's a white thang! Keep it up, Mr. Milloy!
Yeah Judith, that's it right there. It's all about race. The fact that I am still paying my Federal Student loans, and will be for another decade is irrelevant. The fact that I clawed my way to the level of job I have, including a complete abandonment of what I studied that ran up that student loan to adjust to where the opportunities were is irrelevant. The fact that I bought my place entirely on my own, with no help from anyone on my own dime is irrelevant.

I'm just a a white kid who got there because of my whiteness.

With all due respect...shove the victim rap.
Thank goodness for writers like Courtland Milloy and Colbert King. They tell our story, provide our perspectives, share our triumphs and expose our pain. None of the other reporters in the local print media have the experience or courage to do the same. Good article and great comments from Christopher.
Here's another angle to consider. One of the reasons Milloy is so pissed about all the new people moving into DC and into positions of influence and power is that HE does NOT know THEM. He will have to work harder to write his column. Unlike the old days, he will not automatically get his calls answered. This is human nature. No one likes to give up power. But, let's call it for what it is is -- at least part of what it is.
CM tells it like it is. Doesn't matter if you whites are angry about it or intend to be obstructionist or whether you intend to become a new majority in DC or whether you think he can write or whether you think his method is "unhelpful". The only thing that matters is that the man writes the truth. OUR truth.

Please continue along in your organic underwear! Your doggie needs a new coat!

I enjoy CM's columns. I was glad to see a different perspective on Mayor Fenty's reelection difficulties instead of the front page monolithic presentation in the WaPo that it was all about Rhee and that white people were for her and black folks were against her. There were reasons for the opposition, reasons expressed in Mr. Malloy's and Mr. King's columns that were absent from "journalistic" reporting in the rest of the paper. For me, the fact is that Adrian Fenty was not a very good mayor. The Post did not do a good job of reporting on this. For example, we did not find out about the huge budget deficits until after the election. There's a lot more going on in the city besides bike racks and school chancellors and without these two columnists, it would be nearly impossible to find out anything about it in the pages of the paper they write for. The WaPo is a shell of itself.
The irony of course is that Milloy would be considered a 'Bama' by many blacks in DC as he's not from here. Additionally, he would also be a gentrifier as he either most likely sold his NE house at some gain, or reset the rent control on it (and the area) when he moved, if he was a renter. The final ironies are that so many non-blacks come into DC as there is so much available property here, since so many affluent blacks (like Milloy) head to PG and elsewhere, or DC blacks sell their property at cut rates for quick cash, perhaps after years of mismanaging their own finances (see: Kwame Brown).

But lets keep pretending white people are oppressing black people cuz that's an easier way to get through the day feel better about ourselves. And perhaps sell a few papers while we're at it.

What a joke, a sad sad joke. And what a price!
EXCUSE ME MR SMITH BUT A POINT OF ORDER IN THE COMMENT SECTION: JANE MAYBE YOU SHOULD REVIEW MR. SMITH'S BAMMA COLUMN BEFORE YOU START ASSUMING WHETHER OR NOT MR MILLOY FITS THE TRUE DEFINITION OF A BAMMA. NOW IF YOU WANT TO CALL THE BROTHER A BAMMA FOR WEARING A HAWAIIAN SHIRT THEN BY ALL MEANS LET YOUR BAMMAESE FLOW. HOWEVA MILLOY'S BEEN HERE OVER 30YRS, MOST FOLK BLACK AND WHITE WHO'VE LIVED HERE DURING THAT TIME KNOWS HIS STEEZE AND HE'S EARNED HIS DC 3 STARS AND 3 STRIPES SO I DOUBT VERY SERIOUSLY "BLACKS" WOULD CALL THE BRO A BAMMA BECAUSE OF HIS BIRTH LOCALE.

THIS WRITE UP IS FOR ALL YOU "MYOPIC LITTLE TWITS" BLACK AND WHITE WHO GOT INCENSED WHEN MILLOY’S ARROW PIERCED YOUR LIL’ GENTRIFIED HEART. HOMOSEXUALS, SLEEPWALKERS, EUROTRASH DRESSERS AND FAR LEFT LIBERALS WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA AND CLAIMED AMERICA IS “POST-RACIAL” FELT THE TRUTH FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS NOT ONLY WILLING TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS BUT KNEW OF WHICH HE SPOKE. SOMEONE OF HIS ILK THAT YOU CANT IDENTIFY WITH JUST BY YOU TUBE-ING OR GOOGLING, COLD-COCKED YALL ASSES WHEN HIS COLUMN DROPPED BECAUSE ALL OF YOU WAS SO CAUGHT UP IN YOUR MYOPIC LITTLE WORLD THAT THE SOON TO BE WORST MAYOR WDC EVER HAD CREATED FOR YOU.

ALL YOU CLONED ASSWIPES DRIVING YOUR CHROME COLORED AUDI’S OR BMW’S OUT TO THE BURBS WHILE THE REST OF YOU DODGED MINI-SUV’S AND METRO ON YOUR TWO-WHEELED (MOTOR AND MANUAL) FREEDOM RIDES CLAIMING YOU “LIVE” IN THE CITY WHEN ALL YOU DO IS RESIDE HERE IN YOUR DRASTICALLY OVERPRICED CONDO CAUSE YOU TO DAMN LAZY TO MAINTAIN A LAWN. MAYBE IF YALL MUTHA FUCKERS UNPLUGGED FROM YOUR DEVICES YOU WOULD SEE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A REAL WORLD OUT HERE WHERE REAL SHIT EXIST ON A DAILY AND NOT IN SOME COMMENT, QUOTE OR VIRTUAL THAT YOU LIVE THRU.

SO EITHER SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT ALL YOU LITTLE TWITS BECAUSE YOUR FOUR YEARS IS UP!

Greetings,
I read C Milloy all the time and have for years. I dig his column and his opinion. Last time I checked,the constitution gave every american free speech.
Whites moving into the city is a good thing. They are replacing people who either couldn't live here anymore or didn't want to live here anymore. No biggie!! I'm benefitting from the newcomers. They are educated;employed and engaged. The more taxpayers we have the greater the tax base.The greater the tax base the more services we can receive. Not to mention better services.Can't improve a city with 30% of its residents on welfare!!
C Milloy wrote about Fenty because Fenty was the mayor. Fenty and his flunkies got what they deserved.Those who love Fenty so much should elect him to lead them NOT US.Clearly the electorate rejected his numbskullery. That's it and that's all. C Milloy pointing this out is not hatred. It's called opinion. If you don't like it, don''t read it. Dig me???
I'm grateful that Courtland Milloy's column is in the Post. I'm a White male professional in his forties who lives in Cleveland Park, so I'm part of the heart of the demographic that supported Fenty and Michelle ("it's all about me") Rhee. But I voted for Gray and contributed to his campaign. Having been here through the years of George W and his cronies, I thought I had seen everything in terms of arrogance, but Fenty and "it's all about me" gave them a run for their money. This city will rise or fall based on the quality of life for all its citizens, not just the influx of white wannabes. I was shocked by the disregard for the Black middle class and underclass shown by the Fenty administration and by most of official Washington, including by current management at the Post. There are a few columnists left, like Courtland Milloy and Eugene Robinson, who remind the rest of us who built this city and who still comprise its heart. And it is not the myopic little twits.
Mr. Milloy has made a very strong contribution to the welfare of the city . That is, not smoking and buying those big rocks.
Very detailed and informative article. I was BORN in D.C., some 58 years ago, reside in Southeast now and spent most of my life there. SERVED the Washington News, Star, Post, Afro and became a journalist and, later, published author of eight novels. The comments about blacks making up 30 percent of the city population on welfare overlooks the 70 percent of us who have PAID to see this city expanded and built over the past 200 years with consistent tax dollars. Not to mention those of our ancestors who BUILT the White House and Capitol and a good portion of the city's infrastructure. Courtland Milloy is barely being critical of gentrifiers and white folks. Indeed, he's being considerably NICE, all things considered.
Milloy is more relevant than anyone. To me there is nothing 'past-tense' or out of touch in writing about race and racism and blacks and whites in DC. Anyone who thinks we're post-racial is looking at part of the picture only.
Sometimes the truth hurts!!!! NOODLEZ, I love how you break things down to the folks. LOL LOL Continue to tell the truth as you see it from your heart.
I could argue the merits (and so say a lot more than this) but, suffice it to say, Courtland Milloy represents a mindset forged 40 or 50 years ago- in the civil rights era- and he views everything through that lens.
In another 5 years- 10 on the outside- his wisdom will exist primarily as a paragraph in a chapter on late 20th century race relations in some series 300 college history book. And won't even be in print- it will only be downloadable from Apple or Amazon. Probably for $4.99.
My kids live in a better world. And will grow to know an even better world still. Thanks to Milloy, and those who came before and after him.
And I pray my children will have no need to view the world as Milloy does today.
CONTINUE TO DREAM AND LIVE IN A WORLD OF FANTASY DOWNTOWN REZ. RACE RELATIONS IN DC AND IN THE UNITED STATES HAS WORSEN. I DON'T SEE THINGS GETTING BETTER IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS, IF THE PLANET STILL EXIST. DOWNTOWN REZ AND TRUTH HURTS PROCLAIM, YOU ARE BLACK, BUT WE KNOW THE TRUTH, YOU BOTH ARE MIDDLE AGED WHITE MALES WEARING WHITE SHEETS OVER YOUR HEAD.
I think Courtland Milloy is a sexy black man who writes what's on his mind at the time. I am a lonely spinster.
@<b>noodlez</b>
<i>CONTINUE TO DREAM AND LIVE IN A WORLD OF FANTASY....YOU...ARE MIDDLE AGED WHITE MALES WEARING WHITE SHEETS OVER YOUR HEAD. </i>
Now you just sound like a bitter old man. I hope you are better than that.
Open up your eyes to the future. There is a lot of beauty in this world. And I'll die- I'll give my life- working to make more each day.
Don't be a self-pitying ass and fault my family for wanting the best- better- for our children.
Did CP forget to pay the html bill?
Courtland Milloy is a black version of Pat Buchanan. They both long for a bygone era when Washington was a different city. WaPo should have pulled the plug on this guy a long time ago.
I live in a suburban venue outside of Detroit article's like these which highlight the issues of Black urban venues and the reemergence of Whites into the city are quite similar.

We have similar battles and challenges I like the idea that a CM is still in play he brings perspective and history to a venue which is absence in the twitter word of 140 bits...

In the Detroit decades ago it's legadary Black mayor once noted that when 'white folks are not in the center of the body politic this reality becomes a problem for everyone....
Downtown Rez, you sound like you don't see past your own neighborhood in DC or know of peoples' plight in DC when life becomes a spiraling fight to survive in jobless areas of the city, coming out of schools which leave you uncompetitive, where many black boys' lives in DC get shaped by factors you didnt have in your life, insidiously leading to time in our prisons for profit. If you go out of your neighborhood and become a rez in all areas of DC, if you go to Lincoln Heights, if you go to bookstores & pick up books by Tim Wise, Dyson, Cornel West, etc., what will you do if you could see and fight against systems that hurt other peoples' lives? My vision isn't 20/20 either, I'm just trying to correct it.
i gotta agree with karen here--the myopia is amazing! new professional whites in the city (and i am one) see what we want to see--which is basically a reflection of ourselves. the week after the primary, census figures were released showing that poverty in DC went way up in 2009. but that section of DC is easy to ignore, and most of us would probably be very happy if DC's poor folks quietly disappeared into PG County. noodlez is right--the city's myopic twit contingent is busy on their iphones and ipods, commenting and twittering away and totally ignorant of a huge segment of the population that's badly educated and struggling hard to make ends meet.
Cortland Milloy and Colbie King must have been working a top talent for the Fenty campaign, because in the waning days before the primary they drove me from supporting Gray to voting for Fenty? Why, when I thought that Fenty was an immature, arrogant mayor who didn't listen? Because I was so turned off by the Milloy/King racial screed that criticized Fenty -- always in the name of "The Community" of course -- for hiring a Korean-American woman to run the schools, a Caucasian woman as police chief, whites as chiefs of transportation, planning and as attorney general. Didn't Fenty know that in a majority African-American city that such positions should go to folks who understood -- i.e., were of --"The Community."?

Mind you, if someone said, "the U.S. is a majority white country, so how can you have an African-American representing it as Secretary of State, let alone President?" their views should be rightly considered outside the bounds of acceptable political discourse and shunned. Yet this kind of talk barely raises an eyebrow here in ol' DeeCee. Not only is this view offensive, yes racist, but it totally represents the kind of old school thinking that city jobs are really just spoils and symbols. The kind of thinking that the primary purpose of the D.C. government is to provide jobs and that providing effective services is just some aspirational goal. Sorry, but I thought that kind of thinking went out when the Control Board and Tony Williams cam in. People want quality services for their tax dollars. And they realize that all urban wisdom doesn't exist within the boundaries of D.C. I think we should we trying to attract the best talent in our top political appointees, people who've proven new ideas and can bring best practices from around the country, whether they've come from Oakland, Portland or New York. Otherwise, DC will just get stuck in a rut as we did in the Barry-Pratt Dixon-Barry era.
Sarah, read "District Police Chief Transcends Race, Gender in Serving the City", July 18, 2010, Milloy's column in the Post.
Amanda, it's not that I don't see them, it's that I firmly believe that they do not matter. The poor, the underclass, they had control of this city from 1969-1995 or thereabouts.

Nice work they did while they held all the power.

Now we hold the power.

Tough. I do not care and neither should you.

Northwest Expressions, you say "Now we hold the power". Who is "we"?

And when you say that the poor and underclass had control of D.C. starting in 1969, I'm trying to follow your logic.

Poor and underclass have never had control of a city. If you mean that Marion Barry and the people he brought in to DC government were the poor and underclass, in a sense you are right --

-- only if you're acknowledging that in 1969 almost all black people in this country had been made a underclass to white people in Jim Crow.

1969 was just a few years past "whites only" drinking fountains in DC.

Barry had a chemistry degree and brilliant mind and big heart. He transformed this city. If he made mistakes, did the privileged whites controlling Wall Street make any mistakes too?

@drez-DAMN SLIM I WOULD THINK YOU WOULD KNOW THE DIFFERENCE WITH MY RANT AND RAVINGS AS COMPARED TO COMMENT #30 FROM WEAK ASS HANDLE JACKERS.
Thank you Noodlez! I too am glad that Courtland Millow so succinctly expressed the revulsion that many Blacks and other longterm DC residents felt for Fenty and Rhee in spite of the Post's breathless fawning over them. A majority of the city DID NOT LIKE THEM. But you would never know it from the Post. It was not about race. However, Fenty and Rhee's blatant pandering to a small segment of the newly arrived White community while completely ignoring the people who put them in office was so over the top that it was offensive. Not to mention the corruption. Courtland Milloy hit the nail on the head by referring to the twittering class that Fenty and Rhee were pandering too as "Myopic" because they were so out of touch with the rest of the city and the corruption of Fenty that they are still in shock over his loss. You myopic twits better pay attention to the rest of the city this time.
Milloy also written an article on how King Fenty had pissted off many black women in DC and his snubbing of the late 98 year old civil rights black icon, Dorothy Irene Height, past President of the National Council of Negro Women and 14th President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Since King Fenty has lost his re-election bid, we never see him in Ward 4 or in any other part of the District. I truly wish King Fenty well and I hope he takes a teaching position at his alma mater Oberlin College. Adrian didn't seem articulate on HBO's Bill Maher show a few weeks ago. Bill Mahar and others outside of DC don't really know the truth on why King Fenty lost his position in his Kingdom (Wilson Building).
Ward4ndc: You know, I'm sick of hearing the Height whining as well. Allow me to explain. Was she there to discuss the plight of African American women in DC? Nope. The needs of children? Nope. Any other such valid action? Nope.

Had any of these been the case I'd have been right there with you. Blowing off someone of that stature wo0uld have been an insult.

But what was she (and Maya) there for? Demanding her good buddy Cora get an extension on her sweet heart deal with the city so she could avoid having to go out and get a job. "Meet with me and give my buddy a deal, or I'll tear you apart in the press" (which is exactly what happened, BTW).

There's a term for that..."influence peddling", and it's crap regardless of who does it.

I know, other people do it, yadda yadda. "Ron Moten!", yadda yadda. But at that point we are just quibbling over who is more deserving to pimp out their status for insider sweet heart deals...and I stipulate Dr. Height is a better person and is more deserving to do so than Moten, but that's a pretty low bar to make a crusade out of.
Dorothy Haight has spent her life not only discussing the plight of African American women and children, but CHANGING it.

And white women.

She organized conversations between white and black women that changed lives and understandings.
"I'd say to those White folks who dislike Mr. Milloy that you better appreciate him. His columns letting you know what some Black folks are saying, thinking, and feeling, may save you in a heated situation one of these days."

I'd say to those Black folks who dislike George Will that you better appreciate him. His columns letting you know what some White folks are saying, thinking, and feeling, may save you in a heated situation one of these days.

Wow. That's some ignorant racist stuff right there. Gotta read Milloy, because Black folk are so violent. Don't want to get shot or stabbed by the scary Black folks because we're not down with the latest Milloy column, don't you know!
Karen: All of that is true. And all of that is irrelevant. She was still there influence peddling a sweetheart deal for her good buddy Cora.

Again, I stipulate she had more right to pimp her status for insider deals than others, but also again that's a pretty low bar to make a grand crusade out of.
John, I am sorry you are another bitter white man in today's world. You know nothing about Dorothy Height, black history in DC, nor do you face racism daily by a white majority in America. Assholes like you, I ignore because you refuse to open your white privileged eyes to see what's going on outside of your box. Life is not all about you or your white privilege in society.
Thanks Karen for educating that racist fool (John).
@john-ENUF WITH TRYING TO FRAME THAT SITUATION INTO SOMETHING IT WASNT. TYPICAL IGNORANCE OF A SUPPORTER OF THE WORSE MAYOR WDC EVER HAD. YOUR COMMENT ABOUT THAT ENTIRE SITUATION IS A MICROCOSM OF FAGGIE FENTY'S FAILED ADMINISTRATION.

THE DC GOVT FAILED IN ALL AREAS WHILE TRYING TO ILLEGALLY EVICT CORA AND HER ORGANIZATION FROM THE CENTER. THE MEETING DR. HEIGHT AND MS ANGELOU REQUESTED TO BASICALLY ASK THE MAYOR TO GIVE CORA MORE TIME TO GET HER DUCKS IN A ROW WHEN IN FACT IT WAS THE DC GOVERNMENT AND BITCH ASS NICKLES WHO WAS AT FAULT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

FROM READING YOUR COMMENTS IT SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE JEALOUS NO ONE IS PIMPING YOUR STANK ASS OUT.
Ward4ndc: Ah, the fabled automatic...yell racist when you can't address the point.

You miss the point. I stipulate she was a great figure in history. I don't believe that gives one the right to get buddies a deal. It also cheapens the person's moral authority.

Let me give you a metaphor:

The skies open up...a light shines down, surrounding a man with angels flying around him, and a blast of trumpets echoing across the world. Christ returns for the second coming! A world awaits his speech, which starts...

"I demand a meeting with DC's Mayor!"

"Why?" asks an anxious world?

"For verily, Shecky Moskowitz, a direct descendant of my brother Joseph must be given the "Suds and Dogs" concession at all city events!! For Shecky really doesn't do well in actual job settings, and needs a special deal!"

Whereupon the mayor asks "Can't you just submit a letter", and Christ screams "I have been dissed! Dissed!" to the press. Christians everywhere start crying how the mayor hates Christianity.

You get the insanity of this I hope? There is a difference between cutting deals and respecting a person's status.
@NOODLEZ: "...BAMMAESE..." = PRICELESS.
So awesome that Milloy, who made his choice to defund the DC city government and hurry the onset of gentrification by cutting and running to PG County is willing to tell the folks who remain in DC how to run the city. Thanks Judas!
"SO EITHER SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT ALL YOU LITTLE TWITS BECAUSE YOUR FOUR YEARS IS UP!"

Pardon me sir, just wanted to let you know your CAPS LOCK key seems to be broken. My guess is Milloy is so stridently anti-gentrification is that he already fled DC for greener pastures in the suburbs, and he's seen all the dysfunction and violence he fled following him out there.

Gotta protect those property values from the poor folks.
ibc, the way I read it is that Milloy juxtaposed the 2 sides of the coin - How to make sure the city does not lose its long-time residents to forces moving them out -- and the other side of the coin, welcoming new residents. He doesn't see just one side.
Jesus Karen, NO WAY did Milloy juxtapose anything. His screed was racist and anti-white and anti-educated! His reputation is dirt because of what he wrote, not because people misunderstood what he wrote.

I used to work with this woman, she HATED gays, most white people, most young people, hated gays, spewed venom at just about everyone who was different than her, like gays, she was a real A-1 bigot, BUT when she was 17 in 1963 she got on a bus from Philadelphia and marched with Martin Luther King so she thought she was righteous.

Being a victim of Jim Crow in the 1960s doesn't give someone a free pass to be a bigoted ***hole in 2010.

That above quote should be the tag line in the "Courtland Milloy Story."
@ibc-ITS NOT BROKEN BUT YOUR COMMENT #56 IS.

@Ward34Evah-WOW! YOU ARE ATYPICAL WHITE MALE HOMOSEXUAL. ALWAYS QUICK TO CLAIM SOMEONE HATES YOUR KIND WHEN THEY DISAGREE WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE.

"Being a victim of Jim Crow in the 1960s doesn't give someone a free pass to be a bigoted ***hole in 2010." NOW YOU WANT TO FRAME HOW SOMEONE WHO WAS PREJUDGED BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN(WHICH SHE HAS NO CONTROL OVER) DOESNT NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO FEEL THE WAY THEY FEEL BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY WENT THRU. PUNK PUHLEEZE!

IM SURE THIS BLACK WOMAN OF WHICH YOU DESCRIBE PROBABLY WITNESSED OR SOMEHOW WAS ACTUALLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS DURING THAT TIME ALONG WITH A LOT OF FOLK OF COLOR BUT YOU WOULDNT UNDERSTAND THAT BEING A WHITE MALE AND MAKING THE CHOICE OF BEING A HOMSEXUAL ALONG WITH THE PERSON MR MILLOY DESCRIBES SO ELOQUENTLY IN HIS PIECE.

YOU CAN ALWAYS GO BACK HOME OR ARE YOU AFRAID THAT YOUR OWN KIND WILL SOMEHOW PREJUDGE YOU BASED ON THE CHOICES YOU MADE?
all praises to courtland milloy - our modern day jimmy baldwin -
on paper, on the radio, in the street, in the flesh!

our witness who gives word and breath to OUR "core principles."
WE are grateful that mr. milloy remains steadfast, committed to speak truth to power. we grow tiresome of the mealy-mouthed leaning on the empty promises of establishment benefactors.

black is beautiful!

i fondly recall my most recent thanksgiving feast of which mr. milloy was a topic of discussion among a group of elite jazz musicians and artists in northwest washington. elite in the sense that they played with the masters who wrote the original protest music - like black, beige and brown and other ethnically undiverse rhythms-
black music - or by its more popular name - america's classical music - get my drift?

we, the tribe of the un-politically correct, read published prayers by dubois, listened to sarah sing and stood real close to original masterpieces by jacob lawrence and romare bearden and sam gilliam without some docent tell us to "step back, u standing too close" to a masterpiece created by own people. black people.

i digress... this is the context in which mr. milloy's praises were held in high esteem and chorused in unison that "its about time our witness wake the hell up,
tell the truth" and shame the
devil.

who cares if the city paper, or its reverent readers don't get it. WE get u mr. milloy and we get IT.
u keep writing what u like. and we will continue to raise u up.

black is beautiful. all the day long!

peace and blessings and peace and love to u mr. milloy!
This from theroot.com.

"The Great Urban Communication Divide" -- or, "Taking Back the Narrative In Gentrified Cities.

"Whites don't need a cranky columnist to tell them what their black neighbors think. They just have to ask."

View it here: http://www.theroot.com/views/anti-gentrification-doesnt-mean-anti-white
"we, the tribe of the un-politically correct, read published prayers by dubois, listened to sarah sing and stood real close to original masterpieces by jacob lawrence and romare bearden and sam gilliam without some docent tell us to "step back, u standing too close" to a masterpiece created by own people. black people."


@ahappyblackwoman you wrote a wonderful comment.
I have been watching Mr Milloy for a long time, and it does not surprise me in the least to hear that he spent a period under the influence of drugs. Some of the columns he wrote in the 80s and 90s were hair-raisingly angry, paranoid and unhinged -- clearly the work of an addict. Now they're just irritable. Progress, I suppose.

Mr Milloy's views of DC are representative of a large segment of the city. It is important that they be included. I do have some questions, though.

Fenty is a jerk in a long line of jerks who have run DC. Where was Mr Milloy's fire-breathing anger when Marion Barry was partying, dating, and tolerating hard-core corruption as the city fell into neglect? When Ms Pratt Dixon Kelly was ineffectually doing nothing? The lack of development -- indeed, the hollowing out -- in those years left a terrible vacuum. Why is Mr Milloy surprised that some people, mostly white, are filling it?

Well, it's all in the past. Power and populations have shifted. Blacks and whites faced with the challenge of living together in the city today need to approach each other with sensitivity and openness on both sides. Let's hope they find venues to reach out to each other and achieve some accord. The misplaced anger and divisiveness found in Mr Milloy's columns will only impede the task, so I encourage DC residents to get on with it sans Mr Milloy.
"People who move into changing neighborhoods have a responsibility for what's going on." Why do people disagree with that?

Milloy is misquoted and mischaracterized. I wish we could have a live community townhall with Milloy and Rend Smith and Gray and others to clear up misunderstandings in real time dialogue.
I am so tired already of yet another generation of white privledge it is a pathogen that never seems to die... It crosses generations, class , venues, zip codes....When it surfaces the usual white defensive rants fill the air.

Milloy is right on point I hope he continues to ignore the usual suspects both from the white and the Black apologists who always need white folks to validate ad affirm them....
"The layout of the District of Columbia, the fact that there exists a white wealthy ward at the opposite end of a poor predominantly black ward, did not come up by accident."

That is stone cold racism based on IGNORANCE. Anacostia was majority white thru the 1950's and into the 1960's. The white people got "kicked out" to use Courtland "Racist" Milloy's words. He's just bitter because he saved up enough to move out of 8th St. NE just in time to miss the rise in property values and increase in swingingness and yes, SAFETY, that gentrification brings.

What color were the cops who slow-rolled by the SUV with C."R."M. and the reporter? Since the race wasn't mentioned, I'm going to take a page out of the Washington Post's stylebook and assume they were black. If they were white it would have been mentioned.
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