A WHITE SUPREMACIST ‘MESS’

Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and son Maverick on the day of testimony as a nominee for the District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Commission in January 2020.

I was hoping that with the outcome of the most recent national elections, that the paradigm of powerful white male politicians singling out Black women in civic life for public disrespect, condescension, and contempt, was behind us.

Not so. In his recent comments to the press and in recent legislation concerning the District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Commission, of which I am a member, Council of DC Chairman Phil Mendelson has fixated on my off-handed remarks during a private birthday roast for a fellow commissioner. I, quite accurately, called the arts commission “a mess.” As…

Natalie Hopkinson

A writer and scholar living in DC. www.nataliehopkinson.com

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