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Recently, a passed the House and is headed to the Senate that would allow residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia to become the nation’s 51st state – minus federal buildings, including the Capitol, White House, Supreme Court, monuments, etc. The hesitation to make such a historic change to the fabric of the country appears to be halted by two factors:
1.) The creation of one lone representative in the House and two additional Senate seats (most likely to be held by Democrats upon future election).
2.) The fear of Black political power rooted in a lengthy history of anti-Black racism.
After the Civil War, Congress passed legislation granting African American men the vote, even before the 15th Amendment which was followed by a short-lived shift in political power for the Black community in Washington D.C. Allowing Washingtonians to elect their leaders and govern themselves, also known as Home Rule, has been sought after since 1874 when Congress installed a Board of Commissioners, composed of three appointed leaders, to run the D.C. municipal government. However, white Washingtonians opted to al