On the 9th of July, Black Lives Matter gathered at the African-American Civil War Memorial for what appeared to be another march on U st. While the march began there, it quickly headed west towards Dupont Circle, then dropped into Rock Creek Park announcing a destination at the MLK Memorial. Once in Rock Creek, the march pulled a surprise, going up the ramps into Georgetown on a night nobody had expected Black Lives Matter to go there.
When the march “circled up” at 30th and M sts, a speaker told the crowd of a formerly-secret text message system used by upscale Georgetown stores to profile African-American shoppers as presumed thieves. This drew a chorus of boos from the crowd and reminded everyone that there are many reasons it is important to disrupt “business as usual” in places like Georgetown.
At the conclusion of Saturday night’s disruptive street march, organizers announced that the businessmen, developers, and slumlords who are making Black people’s lives miserable should expect to be receiving protests at their homes, and that their addresses are already known. It’s going to be a long, hot summer for those who profit from gentrification, and street marches in shopping districts are just the beginning.
The beginning of the march on U st
Georgetown on Saturday night after Black Lives Matter marched in