Sarah Godfrey is a bitter person. She doesn’t like dogs. She doesn’t like people who like dogs. She doesn’t understand why anyone likes people who like dogs. And in the end, I think that’s all she really had to say. But she had to stretch that sentiment into an article (“Doggie Treats,” 2/21), and to do that she needed more insults. And one of them crossed a line.
“Do we want to attract the sort of people who would decide where to live based on dog-friendliness?” she asks. Now, I don’t care how you feel about dogs; the fact that she asked the question, and that the Washington City Paper printed it, should make you a little nervous. What “sort” of people do we want to attract? What governmental decisions should we make based on attracting the right “sort” of people?
I’m guessing everyone was so worked up over the anti-dog sentiment that no one thought about the greater implications of what she said. I’m sure Godfrey was just looking for a stronger way to insult the dog-loving public (of which I am a proud member). But I have to wonder if the City Paper would have printed that question if her bias had been against a different segment of society.