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A day after City Desk wrote about Katie Connolly‘s reference to “apartheid” as D.C.’s “dirty secret” in a post in Newsweek about race, class, and the city’s low marriage rate, At-large Councilmember Kwame Brown has weighed in.

“As an elected official in DC, I’m appalled that a reporter at Newsweek would compare our system of government to apartheid,” Brown said in a statement. “The article simplified the complex issue of marriage by pitting DC residents against each other and race against race. In fact, District residents are united in our efforts to alleviate poverty, reform our schools and create a city where families thrive. Our only remaining form of oppression comes not from each other but from our lack of full voting representation in Congress. Anyone who’s lived in DC should be aware of that dirty little secret.”

As we said yesterday, terminology matters.

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