Remember when Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia said Mumbo Sauce — DC’s famed condiment choice for chicken wings, fries, and pretty much anything yummy — annoyed her.
Well apparently rich white dudes don’t annoy her, whether it be out-of-town developers salivating over the latest public land giveaway, or most recently her stooping for Michael Bloomberg who is running for President in 2020. Bowser demonstrates that if these dudes got the money she is ready to serve up her soul and most certainly without the #MumboSauce.
However, the resultant socioeconomic policies promulgated by Bowser and city officials in service to wealthy white men is actively harming local Black residents and longtime DC families living in established working-class neighborhoods of color.
D.C. has the highest ‘intensity’ of gentrification of any U.S. city recent studies show. Wapo story || DCist story.
Colby King’s May 24, 2019, opinion piece in the Washington Post discusses the actions and consequences of Mayor Bowser and DC government in forcing, “poor folks…out of their neighborhoods.”
King describes how the city plays an “active role in development [by] selling or leasing publicly owned land, changing zoning laws, closing alleys and providing developers with inducements to construct new — or refurbish old — buildings [putting] upward pressure on rents and housing values [forcing] poor folks…out of their neighborhoods… .”