Prince George’s County, MD is home to 7 out of the 10 richest African American communities in the United States. More African American wealth is gathered in the county than anywhere else in the US. It is also home to the best educated in the nation as well.Bar Patrons...how many times have Black people - African Americans in particular - been told to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps? How often are we compared to other communities of color in America?
So it came as a shock when Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, requested an investigation into data showing increased graduation rates in the county. The governor claims that grades and credit counts are being altered to increase the rate.
...If graduation rates in Prince George’s County were rising, but other indicators were worsening, an investigation would certainly be worthy. But the effects of increased graduation rates are clearly apparent in Prince George’s County.
Perhaps Governor Hogan should turn his attention to Carroll County, first in the state in graduation rates but with a troubling rise in crime. But he probably won’t, given that the 91% white county voted for him in the 2012 election.
Meanwhile, let's forget about the destruction of Black Wall Street. Forget about the $57 million in Black wealth ($819,826,363 in 2017 dollars) that was "lost" after the Civil War. Forget how the KKK would burn Black businesses and destroy Black livelihoods, forget about the racist laws buried in the history of America's most "progressive" cities.
But by all means, keep perpetuating the lie that Black people are inherently lazy, self-entitled, and have always lived in poverty and squalor...just 'cause.
So now, here we are again. It's 2017. Black people are buying Black, banking Black, the Black teen birth rate has dropped by nearly 50%, and the Black female prison population has declined by half, which makes sense seeing as we're the most educated group in America. And in Prince George's County, Maryland, where a whopping seven of the ten richest Black communities are located, Republicans are trying figure out what's gone wrong.
Pause and let that marinate for a minute.
A commenter on Facebook said this Black Wall Street all over again. Another said it evoked shades of Great Zimbabwe, this notion that there's no way Black people could have accomplished this. Yet another commenter stated that when Black success is viewed as a "glitch", it's a resounding confirmation that we were never meant to succeed in this system in the first place.
Dear Prince George's County: you have been put on notice. Consider yourselves on Red Alert. Do NOT let history repeat itself. If you haven't met with your financial advisors and legal counsel, now would be a great time to do so. Don't get it twisted; paranoia and hyper-vigilance are your BFFs right now. Don't shrug this off or roll your eyes the way we did back on Election Day - trust no one and assume nothing, except that these Republican sociopaths can and will destroy everything you've built the moment they get a chance.
And Black America, we've all been put on notice. Instead of sharing all these idiotic memes about how we're failing when compared to other POC, educate yourselves. When millions of POC (not just Black people) are failing in a white supremacist society, that's obviously not an accident.
We must not let history repeat itself. We've finally regained some momentum. We need to think bigger, look further ahead, and thoroughly educate ourselves on exactly what happened before. Because those who came before didn't struggle, lose, and die just so that we could get screwed all over again.