In the mid 1800s, it was home to slave plantations and tobacco farms. But gone are the days of Black subservience along the banks of the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Maryland. Today, African-Americans in the suburban enclave east of Washington, D.C., are planting their own seeds of power and wealth, enjoying––in numbers never before seen in this country–– luxuries like championship golf courses, Olympic-size swimming pools, horseback riding stables and ice-skating training centers.
With the distinction of being the richest majority African-American county in the country, Prince George's County is more than a place to live. For the 500,000 or so Black county residents—many of whom are in occupations that range from doctors and lawyers to hotel owners and restaurateurs—it is home to a social, economic and political movement that has turned the typical American hierarchy on its ear, and, if handled correctly, could reverberate for generations to come.
Lately there has been an upshot in crime and most of the crime is youth and gang-oriented. A lot of it is along the border between Washington, DC and Prince George's County where there seems to be some inter-jurisdictional issues, or at least that is what the criminals seem to think. So, my question today is: in light of all of this "progress," what is it about our folks that sparks this self-destructive behavior? Is it a question of the have-nots lashing out at the "haves?" Is it a "crabs in a barrel" situation? I am sure were ever you live this situation is repeated. What gives? Why?