My first post! So excited! Okay, moving along…
I ran into Sista yesterday minutes before she had her Black moment on the mall. It didn’t occur to me to give her a long goodbye hug, knowing that she might possibly be the last person of color that I’d encounter for the next hour or so as I participated in the Capital Striders weekly Smithsonian Run. Turns out there were 3 of us this week! New record!
This isn’t just a phenomenon at the Mall. Main Avenue, Hains Point, Mt. Vernon Trail, C&O Canal, Rock Creek Park. If there are white people out and being recreational, we’re not there.
There are plenty of Black treadmill creatures and spin cyclists present during my semi-annual trip to the gym but mention doing anything outdoors within the city limits to them and you might as well be asking them to throw flames on the Emancipation Proclamation.