On Saturday March 5th, 2011, 1,500 people attended a fight in Arlington, VA, and a hip-hop concert broke out. Or so it seemed. Actually, the occasion was the 2011 DMV Music Awards at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. All went well until the intermission, when at around 9:45 P.M., two rival “crews” began an all-out brawl. It began with punches, but soon degenerated into a full-scale chocolate version of WWE's Royal Rumble, with bottles broken, chairs thrown, and tables flipped. Witnesses said that between 20 and 60 people were involved. No arrests were made, but five people went to the hospital.
The Blaze has posted a video of the brawl. Note that the handful of token whiggers at the event ran for cover when the rumble began. In the video, the action begins shortly after the 1:30 point:
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According to the Washington Post, violence is part and parcel of D.C.'s hip-hop scene. Washington has struggled with nightclub violence for years - so much so that District Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier established a weekly "go-go report" targeting venues where conflict was expected to break out. Last year, Love, the city's leading hip-hop nightclub, closed for more than three months after a non-fatal stabbing took place inside the venue.
Organizers of the event issued an apology, replicated in part below:
...We also extend a deep apology to the Hyatt Crystal City for the events that took place. These acts, by no means, represent the positive nature of the “DMV” music scene as a whole. This community is comprised of thousands from Baltimore to northern Virginia who love to make music and support the artists who do so. It was in this spirit that the DMV Music Awards were created five years ago, and in this spirit, the “DMV” will continue to move forward in the efforts to share great work with the worldwide community of music fans...
This same hotel undoubtedly would have turned away the American Renaissance Conference, even though no brawl has ever broken out at an AR event.