An Apologia for Courtland Milloy

I don't much agree with Milloy's take on the District. Indeed, I find it to be the other half of a really simplistic analysis of race and gentrification. There's a lot of talk over the fact the District is projected to no longer be majority black, one day. But I'm not actually sure if that means anything, or rather I'm not sure that it means what most people think it means. 


Still, I liked this somewhat sympathetic piece in Washington City Paper on Milloy and think it's worth reading. I think it helps to understand the concerns--and contradictions--of a particular group of African-Americans, in the District, and nationally. It's amazing to see Milloy railing about displacement, after having moved to the suburbs.


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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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