DC used to be the Murder Capital of the World. Violence ripped through our city in the late eighties and early nineties mostly due to crack cocaine and it’s control over our community. In the last twenty years or so, we’ve done well to push this label off to cities like Trenton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, and Detroit, MI. However, last night to hear about 10 people being shot, 4 dead, and 3 police officers hurt while trying to apprehend the criminals is disheartening.
As Jay-Z put it best, “we off that.” It’s time for DC to move on from such useless crime and put behind us a dark future that doesn’t need a resurgence. As you think about the two statements, “we’ve got to do better” and “yes, we can,” realize this DC, we’ve done better and thus we know we can because we already have. Let’s not have a relapse, it’ll be a long summer.