[Update 7/4: Goodbye DCCentric? It’s true, WAMU says it’ll be a more extended hiatus for the blog until they get more $$ to fund the position].
If you’re like me and get all of your DC race-conscious commentary from Izade’s column DCentric on WAMU, you’ll be sad to hear that she’s moving on to bigger and better things. This leaves the station in search of a replacement and I’ll be excited to see who takes her place (ever so secretly hoping to take it myself someday). Anyway, I thought this might be a good time to plug her work. The picture above, for example, is from a piece covering the shady practice(s) of the Museum of Crime and Punishment for hiring black males to dress in prison uniforms and walk around downtown attracting tourists. You can check it out here or read below for a nice recap, especially in the 2nd paragraph of topics where she summarizes topics covered this past year:
Today is my last day as the senior reporter for DCentric. It’s been a little over a year since I started writing for this blog, and I’m blown away at just thinking about all of the interesting topics I’ve had the opportunity to explore.
I have my own highlights, among them: producing a series on D.C.’s unemployment divide; asking why the local crime and punishment museum hires black men to wear prison jumpsuits; exploring what’s behind rock bands playing D.C.’s Ethiopian restaurants; and writing about gentrification — a lot. I’m also grateful that I’ve been able to share some personal stories about identity. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts at least half as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.
This beat has been challenging, too. Race and class can be loaded, emotionally-charged topics, and they typically come with broad declarations of what’s right and wrong. I’ve learned a lot in my time here, but above all, it’s that things aren’t usually cut and dry. I hope meaningful conversations about these issues continue to happen in D.C., and that they grow in number. Such discussions will be important as we figure out how to navigate all of the changes our city is going through.
So, many thanks to my colleagues, both here at WAMU 88.5 and elsewhere. You’ve provided me with support and feedback, and for that, I am grateful.
And finally, of course, I’d like to thank to you, the readers. I strongly believe in DCentric’s mission: to explore race and class and open up a space for elevated discourse. If I’ve had any success here, it’s in large part to the readers. Thank you for following my work, questioning it, offering insightful comments and contributing to this ongoing conversation, whether in person or over Twitter. I’mmoving on, but stay in touch. Seriously!