In which I highlight tweets from around the area and analyze why they’re important.
— The Advoc8te (@TheAdvoc8te) January 6, 2014
On its surface, the original tweet here appears to be pretty ignorant. The author in question, according to her avatar, is white, and seems to be conveying the feeling that arriving at the Anacostia Metro station is a matter of immediate danger. I am in no way capable of determining whether the validity of that claim, but judging from the multiple hashtags, this scenario doesn’t seem like an emergency.
What happens next is most interesting, though. For one, after The Advoc8te — author of the Congress Heights on the Rise, a blog focused on filling the “huge void of information about Ward 8 in general” — suggested quite a few things to do and fun activities to engage in for the neighborhood East of the River, the original author spent a fair amount of time explaining to others that it wasn’t her intent to offend, claiming it wasn’t a big deal to a few. Then she deleted the first tweet about Anacostia. Then, turned her account to a protected one.
I don’t know CarolinaGirlDC, but I do know that 3 days after a tweet about getting off the Metro in Ward 8, and a couple of conversations on the matter, her account is no longer public. On a larger level, though, it seems like another allegory for how people of a certain level of privilege are allowed to deal with those that inherently make them nervous, even if unfairly.
Rather than engaging in the discussion that she created herself, and even hashtagged with the words ‘#helpme,’ she reneged, and shut down open two way conversation. The irony there is that if she really wanted help, which would have meant learning that all people East of the River are not trying to hurt you, she might have opened herself up to talk to more people about the matter, not less.