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Here are some of the groups that endorsed Vince Gray's "populist revolt": The D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Unions Association, the local AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, Greater Greater Washington's Dave Alpert, and the Association of Realtors.

That's a lot of establishment backing behind the populist revolution Courtland Milloy describes, and it came, in no small part, because Gray steadfastly refused to turn the election into the war that Milloy wanted. And that's because the war Milloy wants doesn't make any sense. Consider:

Watch them at the chic new eateries, Fenty's hip newly arrived "creative class" firing up their "social media" networks whenever he's under attack: Why should the mayor have to stop his work just to meet with some old biddies, they tweet. Who cares if the mayor is arrogant as long as he gets the job done?

Myopic little twits.

There are a lot of dog whistles in that paragraph (and I don't know anyone who thought Fenty was wise to snub Maya Angelou or Dorothy Height), but I'd draw your attention down the page, where you'll see this:


That's a lot of, uh, "social media" backing Milloy's work (incidentally, 24 percent of Twitter's users are African American). I don't know that Milloy knows it's there, helping him, but it is. And its quiet presence isn't a bad metaphor for what's missing in Milloy's column: a sense that this is one city, and that its residents rely on each other, and share common interests, in ways both obvious and invisible, and that tearing it apart will damage everyone.

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2010; 5:50 PM ET
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What, exactly, does DC's professional class "rely on" the patronage-ridden, incompetent, DC establishment for, other than corruption, cronyism, crime, public disorder, welfare dependency, etc.?

Posted by: BenjaminL | September 17, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Yes, very sad Mr. Milloy's article. Forty-percent (or more depending on the source but almost half whatever source you use) of DC's population is not African American. It is not "their" city any more than it is "my" city. It is OUR city. Mr. Milloy just further pits "us" against "them." Racism makes me sad.

Posted by: saqqa | September 17, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

saqqa, I don't think Milloy counts white people as real Washingtonians. We had to have lived here since birth. Even better if we had lived through the '68 riots. And seen Duke Ellington in his heyday at the True Reformer.

Posted by: 20009matt | September 17, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Well said. Thank you, Ezra.

Posted by: taamoore | September 17, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Gray's win came about because of an incredibly diverse coalition of interests. Now that the election's over, it's time for each of those interests to step forward and try to take credit.

Good to see Milloy step forward to fill this role for the "Old Skool '80s Retrobate" contingent.

Posted by: ibc0 | September 17, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty crossed a line with the African American community, Mr Klein. The African American community dealt with him swiftly and justly. Mr Malloys' words make"no sense" to you because you are an outsider and as such are unaware of the real threat that Fenty's conduct and comments were to unity within the African American community. On this one you will have to take our word for it. Mr Fenty has, I am sure.
BTW some of the racist comments on this site reflect the the real threats to African American power and progress that exist in the age of Obama.

Posted by: newmoonjoy | September 17, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Look, if Obama's campaign could get away with calling Bill Clinton a racist, then all bets are off. It looks likely that Democrats will increasingly wield charges of racism against other Democrats like they do with Republicans.

Posted by: tomtildrum | September 17, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I like Milloy's article flies in the face of Gray's campaign, which was talking about One City.

I hope that Gray was sincere and he does heal this city and not succumb to racial antagonism. Milloy was using race baiting and dog whistles. Ugly stuff and not what this city needs.

Posted by: info23 | September 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea Courtland Milloy was such a petty, childish writer. That was truly a small minded and deeply immature bit of dreck. Shameful.

Posted by: nobodyofinterest | September 17, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Courtland Milloy's column was racist. Substitute "black" for "white" in his piece and people would be rioting.

He does not deserve the platform that The Post gives him; he should be summarily fired, whether he's the head of a household or not.

Posted by: trace1 | September 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Courtland Milloy's column was racist. Substitute "black" for "white" in his piece and people would be rioting.

He does not deserve the platform that The Post gives him; he should be summarily fired, whether he's the head of a household or not.

Posted by: trace1 | September 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It's actually shocking that such juvenile, racist ranting is allowed in a once world class newspaper.

It's obvious that for Milloy there is "us" and then there's "them" in their chic eateries. He resents other races and other demographics than his own. White people who feel like that join the Klan as they too resent other races and feel put upon by their choices. It's "us" and "them" for Klansmen too.

Evidently the Post feels obligated to tolerate this tripe as some sort of affirmative action program for far left, angry, black columnists as there have now been a few completely asinine collums posted since the election.

How embarrassing for the Post and for Milloy himself.

Posted by: getreal17 | September 18, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

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