Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Ranting and Raving about Downtown Silver Spring

There is a vicious battle raging today about downtown Silver Spring over on the the Craigslist "rants and raves" board. It all started with this inflamatory post [warning: very offensive], and there has been a bit of back and forth over the merits of the area:

Silver Spring has always had a multi-cultural mix and if you don’t like then I suggest that you take your ignorant, uneducated, xenophobia flat ass back to whatever suburban/rural area you crawled from.
And...
My only complaint about this area is that most of the time I can't understand what most people are saying, even when they are speaking English. I swear if I heard one more person speaking in clicks and pops, I am going fucking postal on them.
And...
You are not a native to downtown Silver Spring but some political yuppy trying to push his own agenda. There is nothing diverse about Chevy Chase and unlike your little homogenous area, downtown Silver Spring has always been diverse and full of Hispanics, Jews and Blacks.




6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's true. "Flat ass" people are a minority in Silver Spring. Feels weird.

thecourtyard said...

Your background looks familiar . . .

Sligo said...

Hmmm I didn't even make the connection. This is only temporary, anyway.

Anonymous said...

Whoa... Couldn't you have warned us about the *extreme* nature of that Craigslist post? I know you said it was part of a "vicious debate", but I wasn't expecting a message from the Aryan Nation, complete lots of hateful, offensive language. Come on.

Sligo said...

OK, I added a warning, but if you've been on RnR before, you should know what to expect.

Twoste said...

Wow. Well, who's really going to read it and care anyways? It's not like these online conversations actually impact the political and social spectrum. In fact, the day that an online conversation branches out into a larger reflection of the social reality at hand will be the day that, uhhh, I don't know...Danny the Red becomes 18 again or something like that.
Bottom line, I've never seen any of the hatred in Downtown SS that these people seem to be talking about. In fact, one of the reasons I love SS is how family oriented it is on the weekends. And for the most part, otherwise, people leave me alone, which is great. Sure, kids will be kids at times, but these things are not equatable with race. Just learn to ignore it if it bothers you. Gentrification can be like teeth grinding sometimes ... painful and slow.