City Desk

Our Morning Roundup

  • Michelle Rhee fires her third principal this year, reports the Washington Post. The woman decides to not go quietly into the night: "In a phone interview yesterday evening, [the principal] said she had been 'set up' by District officials. She said she was put in charge of the Anacostia middle school without the resources made available to other struggling schools," she says. And there's more where that came from. 
  • Where has racism reared its head in the last week? In the debate over the passage of Proposition 8 in California, reports "A CNN exit poll declared that 70 percent of black voters supported the initiative. That finding led many in Cali's white gay community to conclude they lost their rights because of black homophobia. Things went downhill fast from there. Much of the ensuing outcry has been nasty, even hateful. As one college student wrote to the black gay blog Rod 2.0 in describing a Los Angeles protest, 'It was like being at a Klan rally, except the Klansmen were wearing Abercrombie Polos and Birkenstocks.'"
  • NPR reports President-elect Barack Obama's transition is an "A-plus-plus at this point," according to one expert. "Very well-prepared on Election Day. Very, very good start."
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  • DG-Rad

    that middle school is not in Anacostia. gosh I love the bad press.

  • Stating the Obvious

    From the numbers I saw, about 70% of blacks voted for Prop 8. However, if one looks at the absolute numbers, blacks are 7% of the population of California (and 10% of the voters that day) while Hispanics are in the neighborhood of 35 to 40% of the population (and 18% of the voters that day). So Prop 8 couldn't have passed without the support of Latinos. However, they voted 53-47 for it and they're more numerous and less of an easy target for activists.

    Either way, non-Californians like myself are amused at the circular firing squad going on there.

  • IMGoph

    remember, dg-rad, if it's east of the river, it's anacostia.

    it's so much easier for the press to remember, than actually learning "neighborhoods".

    c'mon, city paper, you guys know better than this!

  • Mike DeBonis

    Hey, Turque made the original error, we just repeated it.

    It's Congress Heights, folks!

    While you're there, stop next door at the SE Tennis and Learning Center and say hi to Cora Barry!