Howard Students Remind Gentrifier He's A Guest In Their Home After Controversy Over Dog Walking On Campus
Privilege strikes again.
Howard University students are taking offense with popular campus spot "The Yard" slowly transforming into another dog park in Washington, D.C. After one gentrifier retorted by suggesting the HBCU should move its campus, the online community quickly reminded him he's a guest in their home.
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As with many of D.C.'s historic neighborhoods, the areas surrounding Howard have undergone substantial renovations. Consequently, affluent white millennials have flooded those parts, bringing an unacceptable amount of protocol with them. One Howard sophomore spoke with Fox 5 D.C. about the disrespect of walking one's pup through The Yard, noting the slew of dog parks specifically intended for residents to take their furry friends.
"'The Yard' is for the students and although everyone loves pets, I feel like it's disrespectful to have the pets just running around, especially when there are several parks around here," Malakhi Briggs said. "If they come on 'The Yard' and they're just walking through, I don't necessarily have a problem with that, but I still feel like there are other ways to get around D.C. without having to cut through a college campus."
Instead of honoring said sacred space, one Washingtonian proposed the institution accommodate his needs and up and move the campus to make way for his pets.
"So, they're in part of D.C. so they have to work within D.C. If they don't want to be within D.C. then they can move the campus. I think we just need to work together and I don't think it should be a he or there or here. It's our community, and that's how it should be," said Sean Grubbs-Robishaw.
Recent reports have came out that Howard University Students feel disrespected by residents using the yard as a dog park 🐕 but this resident thinks the campus should be moved 😮😡 pic.twitter.com/stxHUWtu2X— Angie Ange In The Morning (@AngieAngeAM) April 19, 2019
I'm sorry, Sean. Whose community?
Twitter users couldn't believe the Caucasity and criticized the Bloomingdale resident for his one-sided idea.
Howard University has been here since 1867. The Yard was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2001, so please stop bringing your dogs & letting them desecrate our sacred space. We will not move - take your dogs to Banneker, a PUBLIC PARK across the street 🤗 pic.twitter.com/dXC9ebYMVw— @150Bison (@150Bison) April 19, 2019
I’m curious to know how long he’s been a part of “our” community. 🙄— ®️ɔᴉʇǝƃolodɐun ⅋ ǝdop (@YouDntKnoMyLife) April 19, 2019
LMFAO. That entitlement is spicy. "Move the campus". Move the historical Howard so I can walk my dogs .... okay, let's do this at GW, AU, CU or GU and see if they feel the same way. But instead of dogs, let's blast gogo. 🙄— ty (@simply_tyy) April 19, 2019
Given the response he fired back at one tweeter, it appears Grubbs-Robishaw wasn't feeling the reactions from his "suggestion."
Howard students should hold school events on his lawn, since he wants to be a part of the community.— Catcher Freeman (@TissanYoung0) April 19, 2019
Did we strike a nerve?
His reply. Lmao. I actually feel anger rising from the depths of my soul. pic.twitter.com/tZpYaLumhx— cmh. (@sixtwentyfive_) April 19, 2019
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