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DC Blogger Warns Tea Party Members

WASHINGTON, DC (wusa 9) --A  DC blogger is catching grief from national media after writing an advisory for Tea party members to avoid certain DC neighborhoods. 

Thousands of Party members are heading to Washington this weekend for the Glen Beck-Sarah Palin rally at the Lincoln memorial.

Bruce Majors, a DC resident since the 1980's warns in part that

":If you are on the subway, stay on the Red Line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Md. If you are on the Blue or Orange Line, do not go past Eastern Market (Capitol Hill) toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond; stay in NW D.C. and points in Virginia. Do not use the Green Line or the Yellow Line. These rules are even more important at night. There is of course nothing wrong with many other areas, but you don't know where you are, so you should not explore them.

If on foot or in a cab or bus, stay in Bethesda, Arlington (preferably north Arlington), Crystal City, Falls Church, Annandale, or Alexandria, or in D.C. only in Northwest D.C. west (i.e. larger street numbers) of 14th or 16th streets, or if on Capitol Hill only in SE Capitol Hill (zip 20003) between 1st and 8th Streets, not farther out than 8th (e.g. 9th, 10th etc). (Or stay on the Mall and at the various monuments.) Again, there are many other lovely places, from the Catholic University of America to Silver Spring, Md. But you don't know where you are so you cannot go, especially at night, unless you take me with you."


A number of left-wing commentators like Rachew Maddow, and news websites like DCist.com are accusing Majors of being racist, saying that he intentionally is pointing visitors away from D.C.'s poorer neighborhoods, which tend to have a higher percentage of minorities.

Majors tellls Nine News Now he is giving the same advice that he would give his mother were she visiting DC. Avoid certain neighborhoods if you are traveling without me.

Major's blog was picked up by a popular blogger in the State of Maine and that helped spark the national ,edia backlash.