It's possible to run for mayor of DC and run right pass some of the problems that still plague this city. One is income inequality. How can a person walk around Gallery Place or visit the Martin Luther King Memorial Library on G Street without seeing the poor or homeless? Maybe you won't see them if you're a politician or a person with a job. You don't have to be Richard Wright to recognize Bigger Thomas is still hanging out with his buddy Gus on the corner. Where are the jobs for our native sons? Let's stop talking about economic development or even educational reform - let's begin to talk about love. Do we love our black boys? Do we love our parents? Wife? Husband?
Loving is very difficult these days. Try touching a stranger in the street. Bump into someone by accident and see what happens. Now- what's a mayor to do about this? What is the role of government when it comes to love?
Politicians will give you statistics when it comes to poverty. They will seldom give you solutions.
Compassion can't be taught or even placed on a ballot. But now and then something happens in a society that fixes history's hair. A sea change occurs and the air is filled with new possibilities.
Failure to understand and embrace the future that is coming will leave many weeping at the chocolate bunny ears of a city - now broken like an Easter sweet a child ran away from.
The days of D.C. being a small segregated town are over. The black middle class goodies are melting.
For folks who enjoyed "Birth of A Nation" - forget about the Klan coming to rescue or protect your neighborhood. No need for white women to hide indoors.
The city near the Potomac is finally becoming a World City. Old politics are on the way out.
2014 will mark the beginning of something new and different. Look for a coalition of people with progressive politics to emerge. We only need to claim our spring. When the cherry blossoms bloom again - love will fill the air. Consider a vote for Andy Shallal for Mayor as being a first kiss.