January 11, 2013

The Jan. 7 Metro article “Shiloh Baptist marks a milestone” began this way: “Shiloh Baptist Church, started in 1863 by freed slaves from Fredericksburg, has survived two fires, a nearby open-air drug market and gentrification of its neighborhood in Northwest Washington. Now it’s time to celebrate its 150th anniversary.”

Are you kidding me? Comparing gentrification (code for white people who have money) coming to the neighborhood around this church to fires and an open-air drug market is an insult and should not be tolerated. Imagine the outcry if I were to suggest that my local church had survived two fires, an open-air drug market and minorities moving into the neighborhood.

Martin Cain, Laytonsville