DCentric » Social Media http://dcentric.wamu.org Race, Class, The District. Wed, 16 May 2012 20:20:35 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Copyright © WAMU Fraudulent Fundraising for a Good Cause http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/09/fraudulent-fundraising-for-a-good-cause/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/09/fraudulent-fundraising-for-a-good-cause/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:59:05 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=10868 Continue reading ]]>

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Blogger Mari of “In Shaw” alerts us to a possible scam:

There is a scam going on where a youth will knock on the door of a resident and ask for money for…the Eastern Branch Boys & Girls Club, which has been closed for 5 years. As far as I can tell minors are not supposed to do any fundraising of this sort (going door to door, going on the Metro, etc) for the Boys & Girls Club.

Unfortunately there wasn’t any guidance on what to do when one encounters one of these youths.

The Eastern branch has been closed for five years, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Gigi Ransom confirmed on the MPD-5D listserv, an email list hosted by MPD to alert subscribers to news and information for the fifth police district.

“Report it as a crime. Call 311 and report it, like any other crime,” said Sgt. Raul Mendez, public information officer for the police department. He added that having a description of the kids and where they are targeting people for donations would be helpful.

“But when they approach you, ask them for identification, a call-back number, something official” and give the information to police, Mendez said. The documents could be fake, in which case police would consider that fraud.

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‘You know there are two Twitters, right?’ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/09/you-know-there-are-two-twitters-right/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/09/you-know-there-are-two-twitters-right/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:17:59 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=10758 Continue reading ]]>
You know there are two Twitters, right? #REM trending, but the top TT in the US is #youknowyoughetto. (Black Twitter 1, Other Twitter 0.)
J. Freedom du Lac

African Americans make up 25 percent of Twitter users, despite only making up about 12 percent of the general population, according to a 2010 Edison Research study.

Twitter is relatively “blacker” than the United States in part because of how easy it is to access the popular status-updating program via cell phones. Sending a tweet uses nearly the same number of characters — 140 — allowed for text messages. Half of all Twitter users send tweets with their mobile phones, and people of color are more likely to access the Internet using cellphones. So, high-speed internet is wonderful, but unnecessary for using Twitter.

Circling back to the tweet above from Washington Post reporter J. Freedom du Lac, it would behoove us to be mindful that black people may also listen to R.E.M., non-blacks are probably using or reading tweets classified with the “#youknowyoughetto“-hashtag and trending topics are not a zero-sum game. If “Troy Davis” is not trending, that doesn’t mean people aren’t talking about him. It just means more people are talking about “#newfacebook,” or whatever else is popular at any given moment on “black” and “other” Twitter.

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Kanazawa is Grounded for a Year by LSE http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/09/kanazawa-is-grounded-for-a-year-by-lse/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/09/kanazawa-is-grounded-for-a-year-by-lse/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:46:19 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=10681 Continue reading ]]>

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The London School of Economics.

In May of this year, Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics penned a controversial blog post for Psychology Today asking, “Why are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” Kanazawa was widely condemned for his views and Psychology today removed his post from their site, then fired him.

Meanwhile, students at the London School of Economics called for Kanazawa’s dismissal. According to Racialicious, which published an update to Kanazawa’s situation, the students didn’t get the outcome for which they were hoping:

The LSE has now published the findings of an internal investigation into the affair, ruling that Dr Kanazawa had “brought the school into disrepute” and barring him from publishing in non-peer-reviewed outlets for a year.

The inquiry, details of which were released to staff on 15 September, also concludes that he had “ignored the basic responsibility of a scientific communicator to qualify claims made in proportion to the certainty of the evidence”.

It found that “some of the arguments used…were flawed and not supported by evidence, that an error was made in publishing the blog post” and that Dr Kanazawa had not given “due consideration to his approach or audience”.

In addition to the 12-month ban, he will not teach any compulsory courses this academic year.

Racialicious’ Andrea Plaid characterized this reaction as a “slap on the wrist.” What do you think?

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“Lazy Policing” and a Hate Crime in Columbia Heights: Your Take http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/08/lazy-policing-and-a-hate-crime-in-columbia-heights/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/08/lazy-policing-and-a-hate-crime-in-columbia-heights/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:55:41 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=9616 Continue reading ]]>

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Columbia Heights Metro, as seen from 14th Street NW.

There are some lessons that can be learned from an incident late last month when five women were assaulted by two men near the Columbia Heights Metro, according to observers. Originally, the men were flirtatious, but when one of the women identified another as her partner, the men shouted homophobic slurs, then physically attacked them.

Chai Shenoy of Holla Back DC noted that it was a bystander who called police. “Kudos,” Shenoy said. “Community engagement is key to creating safe spaces in DC.”

She said Police Chief Cathy Lanier was smart to send a strong signal by investigating the police officers who were involved.

Shenoy said that’s key “with the increase of gender-based crimes happening in the LGBTQ community.”

D.C. residents used social media to air their concerns about the case:

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America’s Widening Wealth Gap: Your Take http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/07/americas-widening-wealth-gap-your-take/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/07/americas-widening-wealth-gap-your-take/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 20:15:51 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=9160 Continue reading ]]>

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"Grace" Mixed Media on Wood, by Zeal Harris

Earlier today, The Diane Rehm show discussed how the widening wealth gap in America is marginalizing African American and Hispanic families:

That’s the finding of a new study by the Pew Research Center. The median wealth of whites is now 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households. And though the recession cut across all races and ethnicities, Hispanics were especially hard hit. Hispanic families accounted for the largest single decline in wealth in the last few years.

Some listeners took the time to comment on the show’s official site. Commenter
had a request:

Please include in this discussion how the role out of wedlock births and the exploding number of single parent households figure into these wealth gap figures. Single parent households, black 70%, hispanic 50%, white 30%.

The effect of government welfare subsidies that in reality destroy the work ethic of minority groups. Also the cultural disrespect of education.

This Black Voices article from 2010 corroborates those numbers for single-parent households; “Compared to the 72 percent in our communities, 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers in 2008″.

Another commenter who uses the handle “b23erlin” took issue with Monte:

Monte is unfortunately missing the point. It is true that social problems such as single parent households reduce the overall wealth of the society. But the urgent issue at the moment is not that. Rather it is the explosion of ultra-high incomes which came about as a result of the great capital expansion of the 1980′s…Add to that the near disappearance of the skilled worker class and you have a dangerous erosion of the very foundations of society. No society which has impoverished its people and neglected its core values has thrived over a long period. The self-serving attitudes of our rich are helping push us downwards.

Listener Emilio‘s comment was a reminder that many Americans thought they’d invest in and reap financial rewards from owning their own homes:

The minorities paid for it, but what will happen to the predators(loan and mortgage company? Do they get to keep the money or they will pay for it? And how come Financial Education is not obligatory in schools, just like math?

Robert Cox
posed an interesting question:

Is this at all an after-effect of post-war wealth? The (very white) generation that made a lot of money after WWII is beginning to die, leaving their wealth to their kids and grandkids?

…as did Tom from Grand:

Isn’t comparing wealth or income averages across such large and disparate groups (such as all whites/all blacks/all Hispanics), a crude approach to understanding the growing wealth and income gap in the U.S.? Aren’t there about 3 times more poor whites than poor blacks? It seems low income whites often get neglected in these race/ethnicity-based discussions. All low-income folks of all races are losing, and all upper-income folks of all races are gaining.

My colleague Elahe Izadi sat down with a guest from the show, Roderick Harrison, senior research fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies to find out how the wealth gap is affecting local residents; her post is here.

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In Your Words– Psychology Today on Black Women and Beauty http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/05/in-your-words-psychology-today-on-black-women-and-beauty/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/05/in-your-words-psychology-today-on-black-women-and-beauty/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 19:40:30 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=7058 Continue reading ]]> Psychology Today blogger and evolutionary scientist Satoshi Kanazawa set off a firestorm of tweets today with his post, “Why are black women less physically attractive than other women?”:

science also proved the earth was flat... so i can't be that mad that they "proved" black women less attractive...
David Meares

A collection of local reactions, below the jump.

Featured image by Flickr user kris krüg.

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Tweet of the Day, 04.05 http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/04/tweet-of-the-day-04-05/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/04/tweet-of-the-day-04-05/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:41:15 +0000 Elahe Izadi http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=5422 Continue reading ]]> On the Mayor Vince Gray diss track:

Semi-serious question: Is this first-ever hip-hop video about government rates at hotels for relocating bureaucrats? http://bit.ly/dSaK3a
Mike Madden
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Tweet of the Day, 03.31 http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/03/tweet-of-the-day-03-31/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/03/tweet-of-the-day-03-31/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 03:13:07 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=5301 Continue reading ]]>
Herndon residents can't vote in DC, silly. RT @chriscolwell: The entire crowd at Nats Park just booed Vince Gray... Did you all vote??
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On Your Mind: The Search for Emily Hershenson http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/03/on-your-mind/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/03/on-your-mind/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:55:05 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=4860 Continue reading ]]>


One of the many flyers on Irving Street NW, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Emily Hershenson disappeared on Monday morning; in less than 48 hours, her family mounted a frantic and ultimately successful search for the 33-year old wife and mother, who was last seen in Adams Morgan. Hershenson was found earlier today, and that good news spread as quickly as the initial pleas for help with her search did. Since social media played such a prominent role in this story, I thought it might be interesting to use storify to collect your tweets about it. Read all about it, after the jump.

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Tweet of the Day, 03.14 http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/03/tweet-of-the-day-03-14/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/03/tweet-of-the-day-03-14/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 03:45:27 +0000 Anna http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=4729 Continue reading ]]>
And suddenly Vincent Gray's troubles seem very, very small.
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