Surely, if we can spend $200 million on a streetcar that few ride, we can spend more than the pittance we currently dole out to secure our basic civil rights. We need a well-funded, concerted, sustained and strategic effort to educate Americans, not just kiosks in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the occasional rally that draws 100 people or breakfast for the city’s elite on Emancipation Day. It will be great to have a House hearing on statehood in the fall, but we all understand that’s where it will end. To paraphrase the Bard: The fault, dear Petula, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Until we understand that and stand united together with the resources to get our message out to America, we will always fall short.
Michael D. Brown, Washington
The writer, a Democrat, is a D.C. shadow senator.