This summer we worked with students at We Act Radio as a part of the Summer Youth Employment Program. Students used photography to document issues of gentrification in Anacostia. Tyler participated in our program and wrote the following poem to contextualize his photograph of Frederick Douglass' house.
Tyler, age 21, We Act Radio
Who are we to blame? Do we blame it on the drug game? Or the men in suits with the million dollar campaigns?
Where do we point the finger? Do we point it at the homeless man who’s snortin’ up? Or the fact that his old home is boarded up?
We in the Southside of the 51st state. The nation’s capital huh? Please explain the 1 in 4 unemployment rate…
Frederick Douglass house sittin’ on top of the hill, overlookin’ this bull***t, I wonder how he would feel.
I’m open to change, but don’t forget about the people who gave this city its name.Attachments: