The evolving racial demographic in D.C. has been a hot topic for a few years now, with its "Chocolate City" nickname being jeopardized by Census Bureau data divulging that just over 50 percent of the city's population was African-American as of July 2012, down from July 2011 and July 2010. D.C.'s population may be growing, but the African-American population—which peaked at 71 percent during the early 1970s—is shrinking, with some even conjecturing that it's been below 50 percent.
The reason gentrification is bemoaned in D.C. transcends racial tensions; it's about the haves and have nots. A negative that's come with gentrification and the rising cost of living is that some people, whether they're businesses or longtime residents, have been priced out of their neighborhoods. It just so happens that a number of these people are African-American. Another truth, as a January Washington Post article illustrated, is that others choose to leave these neighborhoods because they don't feel like they belong to—or in—them anymore.
The biggest reality, however, is that neither black nor white are the colors that matter in D.C.—it's green that reigns supreme. Income, more than anything, is what divides D.C. in 2014.