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Old 03-14-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: CAPITAL CENTRE
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haha...I hadn't thought of that. But I did always hear of Takoma Park being the Berkeley of the East Coast. I imagine a lot of PG, Maryland use to be like that...
Madonna sucks man. She's a dick!
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:13 PM
 
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Madonna sucks man. She's a dick!
Oooooooookay.

On topic: I lived in PG from 1949 to 1957. Lived in Hillside, went to Maryland Park High School for two years and then the new Suitland H.S. opened and we all went there. We went to the movies in Coral Hills. We ate Barbecue at the Dixie Pig on Marlboro Pike. We went to the movies in Capitol Heights. I worked in D.C. at Perpetual Building Assn. at 11th and E.

It was rare to see an AA anywhere around in PG, but remember, this was in the era before integration.

I haven't been back since I moved away. I can only say that it was a very nice rural area and I have some fond memories.

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Old 03-14-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Madonna sucks man. She's a dick!
Metro Detroit, Michigan reference there

(For those unaware of my, the OP's, origin).

But, IGGY POP, godfather of punk. Ann Arbor, Michigan, baby!
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm.
I'm the runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb
I am a world's forgotten boy, the one who searches.......and destroys...
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:46 PM
 
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^^^^^^^okayyyyyy

The older folks I know say PG was like a ticking race bomb in the 70's

Say white folks would chase you if you crossed certain areas of Livingston road.

Said you didn't think about going to Laurel or Bowie if you were black. Suicide

Now there are still a decent amount of white folks in PG, they just don't send their kids to schools there for the most part. Usually bus their kids to other counties or VA.

In school in PG, there would be a total of 2-3 white kids, 10% Filipino, a few Mexicans, and 85% black.
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Ft. Washington/Oxon Hill border, MD (Prince George's County)
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I bought something off of craigslist recently and picked it up from a white family with two young girls in Ft. Washington. I stayed for a while and we talked a long time about the area and schools and they love their home and the multiple acre property, the proximity to DC, and like that there are not a zillion stores/development over here and for what they need they get it in Alexandria or Waldorf just as many of us over here do. For schools they haven't figured that out yet (won't be an issue for 2 more years) but are considering private schools in Alexandria. They do not plan to move. In fact we were considering the same schools when the time comes and I shared info about the fact that some have a private school bus route that picks up in Ft. Washington because there are so many students that reside there but attend school in Alexandria.
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Ft. Washington/Oxon Hill border, MD (Prince George's County)
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In school in PG, there would be a total of 2-3 white kids, 10% Filipino, a few Mexicans, and 85% black.
Even as a black parent, those are not appealing stats to me for a school I want my child to attend.
I prefer stats that better reflect the real world.
And there are more than a few Hispanic (and probably more El Salvadoran than Mexican)...the last few years that has changed to closer say 10-15% in many schools.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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In school in PG, there would be a total of 2-3 white kids, 10% Filipino, a few Mexicans, and 85% black.
It depends on which part of the county. Parkdale and Northwestern have almost as many Hispanic students as black students, and High Point actually has more.

Also, Bowie High and Roosevelt are still about 20% white. Those 2 schools are the exception though, as 9 of the 22 high schools in the county are less than 1% white, and most of the rest are between 2-4%.

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Old 03-15-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, Maryland
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^^^^^^^okayyyyyy

The older folks I know say PG was like a ticking race bomb in the 70's

Say white folks would chase you if you crossed certain areas of Livingston road.

Said you didn't think about going to Laurel or Bowie if you were black. Suicide

Now there are still a decent amount of white folks in PG, they just don't send their kids to schools there for the most part. Usually bus their kids to other counties or VA.

In school in PG, there would be a total of 2-3 white kids, 10% Filipino, a few Mexicans, and 85% black.
When I was growing up in the 70s, our neighborhood was already very integrated. I'd say we had about a 60/40 white/black neighborhood. We even had a family that lived behind us that was a mixed marriage (not very common back then). My aunt was also married to a black man in the 70s. Even when busing started, it made no sense because the black kids from our neighborhood were being bused to predominately black schools. I don't really remember alot of animosity between the races but, then again, I was still a kid.

I know Laurel had kind of a red-necky reputation, but Laurel has a historic black neighborhood (I believe Bowie does too) that has an interesting and impressive history. However, I guess back in the day, the blacks stayed in their neighborhood. I don't know how integrated they were with the rest of the town as they built their own school and church. Of course, for me, Laurel seemed like the other side of world and very country compared to where I grew up in Langley Park.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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PG County reached its "vanilla" peak in 1963, when the schools were 89.2% white and 10.8% black. The school system had only token integration from 1955 until the mid-60s.

The black percentage crept up slowly but didn't really skyrocket until forced busing started in 1973. Prior to 1965, the only black neighborhoods in PG were North Brentwood, Glenarden/Cedar Heights and some of the southern rural areas.
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