In a privileged and mostly caucasian neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., a volunteer task force is attempting to atone for the sins of slavery and racist policies that occurred from that same community that forced African-Americans out of the neighborhood, according to The Washington Post.

During a group zoom meeting, the moderator showed interest in rewriting zoning policies to break the “invisible walls” that have been excluding black people from these affluent communities. The moderator has claimed that their agenda was to “determine what we can do to turn the tide against racism.”

The fight for social justice and racial equality intensified with the onslaught of COVID-19 and the death of George Floyd. D.C. advocates and citizens are doing their best to fix previous errors caused by racism and prejudice and demand subsidized housing in affluent areas.

The D.C. Council will have to decide if these revisions will go forward. If they should happen to go forward, the revisions would allow taller apartment buildings. However, these propositions have met opposition from preservationists and business leaders and developers have claimed that more requirements for below-market units would discourage post-pandemic projects.

 

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