City Paper is not for tourists
Although there are often instances in the District where businesses may discriminate against people whose ethnic backgrounds or neighborhoods of choice are not to their liking, I must disagree with Wayne James’ claims of check redlining based on the racial makeup of his neighborhood (“Hassle-full Checking,” 11/14). I live at 23rd and California Streets NW in one of the city’s wealthiest (and whitest) neighborhoods. My neighbors include university officials, ambassadors, and D.C. socialites. Do I get to pay for my Domino’s Pizza with a check? Absolutely not. I am white, professional, and make a pretty decent salary. Is Domino’s targeting me as well? I don’t think so. When I get the craving for pizza, I make sure that my Visa balance has enough room for some slices of heaven. It’s something I deal with. I ask all District residents to please, please, get over the lawsuits and save us your pitiful tales of discrimination based on a check-writing policy. Aren’t there better things to worry about?
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