WaPo: Mayor's crony wanted to keep white people away from Georgia Ave. 

The Washington Post's front-page takedown of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty sews together many of the details of the millions in city contracts that his college buddies have landed, at times without proper approval from the City Council. These have been covered extensively over the past year, by the Post and by The Examiner. But this item, which refers to my newly adopted neighborhood, jumped out at me in particular:

From his earliest years in Washington, [Fenty pal Sinclair] Skinner demonstrated a penchant for activism, winning election in 1998 to Petworth's Advisory Neighborhood Commission. 

Lenwood Johnson, a commissioner and friend, said Skinner opposed white professionals migrating to the Northwest Washington neighborhood, if only because they could raise property values and drive out longtime residents and businesses. "He'd say, 'Why are they moving over here?' "

Joe Englert, who owns taverns in the District, was planning to open another in Petworth in 2006. Skinner confronted him, asking, "Why would a white man open a business on Georgia Avenue?" said Englert, who is white. "It was hard to respond, it was so outrageous."

Skinner, who had published race-baiting cartoons in his Georgia Avenue Defender newspaper, supposedly even kept asking Englert if he was Jewish. (Under much public pressure, Skinner disassociated himself from the publication, but any such disassociation would have happened several months before the Englert incident.)

I've never felt the least bit unwelcome in Petworth -- fortunately, there are few Sinclair Skinners here, just a lot of really fantastic neighbors of all colors whom I would trust in any situation. But there is little comfort in knowing the mayor is using the overtaxed residents of D.C. to make a fortune for someone who would just as soon exclude anyone who looks like me.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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