Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what’s going on in local Internet discussion groups.
Sarah on 17th and Jackson Streets NE in Brookland expresses shock that a motion-detecting light failed to scare a plant thief from her porch. “3 hanging baskets of flowers were stolen off my front porch despite the motion sensored light. My neighbors saw a man enter my front yard at about 11:30 pm. They scared him away, but he came back later.” A plant pilferer also struck Joel and Hun‘s porch, despite, or perhaps because of, Hun’s premonitory dream the night before that the couple would be robbed. The herb collector made off with six strawberry plants, an aloe plant, some mint, a jade plant, and two plants left unidentified.
A Legation Street NW resident reports an intruder who was “about 22 years old, dark hair, clean shaven, possibly Hispanic, wearing a red shirt.” So, the board ponders, is it racist to refer to someone as “possibly Hispanic”? “Unless someone heard the intruder speaking Spanish, it’s an assumption that is not useful in finding the person and it contributes to an impression of bias in a largely white non Hispanic neighborhood,” writes one poster. “I doubt that this is true of the genuinely welcoming spirit I’ve found in our neighborhood.” Another poster didn’t think the post was racist, but suggested “possibly Latin American” would have been a better choice. A leader of the anti-labeling faction wasn’t buying it. “If using ‘possibly Hispanic’ as a description is helpful, why do we not use ‘possibly Irish’ or ‘possibly Jewish’ to identify White suspects?’”
Kelley and Karen, a husband-and-wife team in Brightwood, found a small, white dog on the morning of April 23, “with a blackish collar studded with fake diamonds,” wrote Kelley. His wife says that the presumption that the diamonds were of the faux variety “was just kind of a hunch. It was basically your tacky dog-bling.” Prince, as she later learned the dog was called, had no nametag, yet the diamond description was enough for the New York Avenue animal shelter. The owner called within 20-25 minutes, says Karen, and picked him up.