See now, this is why I love Barack Obama.
Obama, like many a brother from the South Side of Chicago, stopped by Ben’s Chili Bowl a few days ago.
For those who don’t know, Ben’s Chili Bowl is an institution in Black DC, sort of like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in South Central LA or Sylvia’s in Harlem. Ben’s has lent their support to various causes since they opened 50 years ago, starting with supplying food to SNCC, whose national headquarters was once located across the street. The spot even had a cameo in Pelican Brief, and Russell Crow was shooting there a few weeks ago.
But more importantly, Ben’s Chili Bowl was where I would go to get a turkey dog and chili to go after poetry slams at the Kaffa House. It’s where my boys and I would go on the walk over from the Towers to Republic Gardens.
So much for Barack being post-racial. I never saw any post-racial people sliding into a seat at Ben’s.