D.C. Residents Grapple With Idea of a White Mayor

Mayor Vincent Gray adresses the ambassadors
Could Mayor Gray be Chocolate City’s last Cocoa-mayor for a while?

We can see the headlines now: “Vanilla Shower Rains On Chocolate City,” “Chocolate City Gets Vanilla Surprise.”


They say once you go black you never go back, and for a long time that statement has rung true in district politics. However the area may be in for a “vanilla surprise” since Mayor Gray’s shady (and, might we add, illegal) shadow campaign has come to the surface.

Now that Phil Mendelson has taken over for Kwame Brown as Councilman, after he pled guilty to bank fraud earlier this summer, he’s next in line to take over for Gray if he is forced to resign. And with Councilmembers Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) expressing interest in the position, it’s only a matter of time before the prospect of D.C. having its first white mayor may become a reality.

In light of this, the Post conducted a survey to examine just how “comfortable” D.C. residents are with the idea of a little white frosting on its historically chocolate cake (sorry, it was just so easy).

Might I add, this survey comes as no surprise to us because we still haven’t forgotten the month WashPo spent trying to convince us that fat black women were much “happier” about being fat than their white counterparts, among other things.

The results are really nothing to write home about. Forty-nine percent of “Democratic leaning” voters say that it’s “somewhat important” for D.C. to have a black mayor, according to the survey, which isn’t much of a shift from the 52 percent who felt that way in 1998. Among black and white voters, 31 percent of African-Americans say it’s “very important” to have a black mayor while only 6 percent of whites share that sentiment. Twenty eight percent of surveyed blacks couldn’t care less, along with 41 percent of whites.

Among the non-surveyed, our guess is more than the majority of residents couldn’t care less as long as the next guy (or gal!) to take over keeps his or her hands clean throughout the whole process.


Photo by  DutchembassyUS , accessed via Flickr.