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It was the early 1940s, when 12-year-old Charles “Bob” Martin, a Washington, D.C., kid who had always loved the water, decided to try to rent a boat. So he headed down to the waterfront to ask about the cost. A white man working there told him it would cost $5 to reserve a rowboat, plus a quarter for every hour on the water.

The next week Martin headed back to the waterfront with money he’d cobbled together from his job at a local pharmacy. He saw the same man with the boats for rent.

What happened next remains seared into his memory.

“This man broke my heart,” he said. “I said, ‘I got the quarter,’ and the man looked at me, and I’m quoting him now. He says: 'I don’t know why you keep running around down here to rent a boat, because we do not rent these boats to no — the n-word — so you can just leave here and just not even come back.’ ”

The encounter broke Martin’s heart. But not his resolve. “I’m going home crying to my mom,” Martin remembers. “I said 'Mom, I’m gonna get me a boat.’ ”

Around that same time, just upriver from where Martin was turned away, Lewis T. Green, a shop teacher at a D.C. high school, was trying to create a boat club for himself and other black boaters in the city. Green asked federal officials for permission to use land for his fledgling group, but didn’t have much luck. He eventually got the attention of the philanthropist Mary McLeod Bethune, who in turn contacted her friend, Eleanor Roosevelt, who was then-first lady of the United States. Soon enough, the Interior Department allowed Green the use of a small plot by the railroad tracks near the Anacostia River. It’s where Seafarers Boat Club — now Seafarers Yacht Club — began and where it still stands.

They Built Their Own Boating 'Shangri-La.’ Preserving It May Be Just As Hard

Photos: Beck Harlan

At Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, students aren’t kids or boys.

In the classrooms and cafeteria, they’re kings.

That’s just one of the many things that stand out in this new boys-only, public school in Washington, D.C. The school opened in August 2016 to a class of roughly 100 young men. All are freshmen. All are students of color. All are determined to change the narrative.

In Washington, and the rest of the country, that narrative says too many young black men are below-average readers. They’re suspended from school at above-average rates and less likely to graduate than any other group.

Ron Brown College Prep is a radical effort to change that.

A Year Of Love And Struggle In A New High School

Illustration: LA Johnson/NPR

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Missing Black kids in DC.

This is just for general peace of mind and keeping abreast of current events, but I’ve seen a lot of posts about Black kids going missing in DC so I want to try to curb some of the hysteria and refocus a bit of that energy if possible.

1)

The robotics team from Burundi who were reported missing are likely seeking asylum in Canada so they won’t have to return.  Two of the kids have already been spotted across the border and the other four are probably safe as well.  No signs point to an abduction.

2) 

The 14 girls who went missing earlier this year is more concerning, but not in the way that it was presented.  I too was caught by the headlines that all these girls went missing in a day and I was a palled at the lack of national coverage, but the reporting was misleading.  At the time, there had been around 500 reported cases of missing juveniles all year and all but 22 of those cases had been solved.  Fourteen girls did not go missing in one day.  Someone likely noticed that Black children go missing at a disproportionately higher rate than white kids, put fourteen missing Black girls together in one social media post, and it went viral based on how shocked we were.

3) The real issue that’s being drowned out by misplaced hysteria is the actual tendency for police not to look for missing Black children.  Around 35% of missing children under 18 are Black, which is much higher than the population, and they aren’t found because there’s no sense of urgency when they’re first reported.  A white child that goes missing is more likely to trigger an Amber alert and a flurry of police activity.  A Black child is more likely to be considered a runaway (or a repeat runaway) and law enforcement does not employ the same level of resources.  That should be the focus, nationally, not the incorrect perception of Black kids going missing in DC all the time.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/27/521655564/d-c-s-missing-teens-a-false-number-that-spurred-a-real-conversation-on-race

http://time.com/4867560/burundi-missing-teens-canada-don-ingabire-audrey-mwamikazi/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/02/opinions/missing-girls-in-dc-jones-opinion/index.html

my mouth tastes like booze and bad decisions (Tuckington, AU, NSFW mentioned, 1.7k)

i’m sick as fuck, here’s some unedited fluff. take it and leave me here to die.

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It takes Washington a good minute of lazy wakefulness, crushed under the gentle weight of layers of blankets and pleasant fading dreams, to realize he’s not alone in bed. A few seconds after that, and a deep inhale of sheets that smell like sex and unfamiliar detergent, and he realizes it’s not even his own bed.

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