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Last week at the corner of 14 and U, a throng of mostly black people swayed in unison to the beat of a live go-go band. The drums and horns blasted as people walked from near and far to not only hear their indigenous music but also to join the resistance. The band and its audience were protesting in response to a nearby Metro PCS shutting off its outdoor go-go music due to a complaint from a neighbor. The store and its music were not the issues, but the instance of this complaint highlighted a larger problem.

As the demographics of D.C. have changed, so too has the culture. This change is a result of the displacement of black people, forced and otherwise.