College students at Howard College have begun noticing a rise within the variety of native residents who use The Yard as a canine park, regardless of the numerous official canine parks within the space.
In line with DCist, college students on campus have seen increasingly more residents taking their canines to do their enterprise on the HBCU’s sacred spot often called The Yard.
The scholars not solely view this variation as a transparent signal of gentrification, however additionally they discover it blatantly disrespectful.
“The Yard is for the scholars and though everybody loves pets, I really feel prefer it’s disrespectful to have the pets simply working round, particularly when there are a number of parks round right here,” Malakhi Briggs, a sophomore at Howard, advised FOX5 DC. “If they arrive on The Yard and so they’re simply strolling by, I do not essentially have an issue with that, however I nonetheless really feel like there are different methods to get round D.C. with out having to chop by a school campus.”
As a part of Fox 5’s report, the native information station spoke with white D.C. resident Sean Grubbs-Robishaw, who had the audacity to recommend the campus transfer if college students have an issue.
“So, they’re in a part of D.C., so that they need to work inside D.C. If they do not need to be inside D.C. then they will transfer the campus. I believe we simply must work collectively and I do not suppose it must be a he or there or right here… It’s our neighborhood and that is the way it must be,” Grubbs-Robishaw advised FOX5 DC.
Though Grubbs-Robishaw had a minor half within the information section, his statements shortly went viral.
The resident was subsequently slammed on Twitter by individuals who reminded him concerning the historical past of HBCUs.