When Joe Parker was a young, newly married public-school administrator who wanted to buy a home in 1974, he didn’t even think about leaving Prince George’s County, Maryland. It was where he and his parents had grown up. But when Parker first tried to bid on a house in a new development in Mitchellville, a small farming community that was sprouting ranch and split-level homes on old plantation lands, the real-estate agent demurred, claiming there were other buyers. In truth, the development had been built to lure white, middle-class families to the county
They exchanged the opportunity for wealth for a cheesy little handout. Once again the black community has been victimized by one of their own which I guess is ok with them. Just as long as it wasn´t done by whitey.
Afraid I did not finish the article - slaves after the civil war were allowed ships to go back to Africa or strike out west. None of them wanted to leave the USA. I don´t like slavery and it was a bad thing, but they were from Africa and it was common for blacks to sell other black natives. Would they go back to Africa now? I doubt it seriously.
Hey, look at the bright side the got their Black President regardless of the disastrous performance. I´m kind of glad to see them joining the white middle class even if at a time when we are spiraling down to dictatorship and poverty.
Besides the Old Democrat Party of segregation and slavery what other party elects politicians who spew racial Revenge. Try National Socialist Workers Party (NAZI). The other "Get even Party"
The writer had to dig way back to the history of this county, the emancipation of slaves, etc., in a vain attempt to make this the story of a black county. The story is the same in counties of varied ethnicities - including all the myriad kinds of white - across the country.
Obama led riots in banks to force them to loan to everyone who wanted a house. Bubba Clinton had his "housing for everyone" (whether they can afford it or not) program.
The housing market decline was a solid Dem proposition that they alone engineered and should own.
Nice article, but Ms. Potts should trade her race colored glasses for a wide angle lens.
Then she would begin to notice that 0bama´s economic policies have been disastrous for ALL Americans, not just the black ones. I have no doubt to the truth of what she has written, but it is also true that we are ALL in this sinking boat together.
"The Collapse of American Wealth" would be a less sensational, but more accurate title for the complete version of this story.
A middle class designation in a supposed classless nation that forces black Americans to over spend waste their money and moan they are abused because they didn´t have deep family roots to give them enough riches is one heck of a poor me fairy tale. Get the story right for a change. 80% of the other immigrants arriving in American had no more worldly goods than the slaves . In fact many were indentured and some arrived against their will too sold to those indentures by the British from debtors prisons . At least the slaves had a place to drop for awhile and food of sorts. The present economy is leaving all races and ethnic inhabitants in the same situations.
Ask them if it was worth it electing obama to live the high life in the whitehouse? Bet THEY don´t get the correlation either. I think we better start studying places like zimbabwe and south africa to get a handle on what lies ahead.
I read the article. The author mentions predatory lending, but doesn´t mention the state of the black family. Does the black population of Prince George´s county align with the rest of black America? 70% of black kids are growing up fatherless. Single parenthood is a greater indicator of poverty. Interesting that the author goes back to slave ships, but doesn´t work current events in.
Most of so-called black wealth is spent on ju-ray, cars and rims and baby mamas.....houses are down the list. Conservative blacks are no different than the vast majority of us!! Unfortunately their voices, if they have any voice in the black community, are drowned out by the brothas and sustas who are "takers" and leeches on society. Sadly, it isn´t going to change anytime soon...them "free phones be nice".
after reading the article thru to the end, I concluded that the author is short-sighted. The housing bubble happened to everyone. everywhere. If you were a first time buyer, you likely purchased too much house with a minimal down. 3-10% was common. If you ´´bought up´´ you were told by both lenders and realtors that in a year or two you would gain so much equity in increased value that you could afford the higher priced home. If you neither bought nor sold, you probably took out a couple or 4 equity loans based on the inflated bubble value of your home. In any case, whether you were black in Maryland, white in Minnesota or Hispanic in Florida - it didn´t matter. Brokers and lenders were pursuing every color/race/economic cohort.
And now, there´s even more equality. Upside down is upside down, race is irrelevant...
These days, a "predatory lender" seems to be one that expects to be paid back in accordance with the terms of the note and security documents that the borrower signs. If you can´t afford it, don´t buy it. If you don´t understand what you´re signing, don´t sign. Nobody owes you anything.
I´ll refrain from posting further on what I´m thinking.
Carl Guardino, head of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, came away from a meeting with House GOP whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield a few moments ago on Friday saying he “would bet on” comprehensive immigration reform getting to passage this year. “Kevin is a long-time personal friend,” Guardino said of McCarthy. “We just met one-on-one and I firmly believe, without breaking confidences, that we are going to see deliberative and thoughtful action in the House when they reconvene in September and October.” “I would bet on it,” he added.
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
Michael Moore is divorcing his wife of 21 years. The Fahrenheit 9/11 director and political activist filed a complaint against his producer partner, Kathleen Glynn, on June 21. According US news site MLive, Michael, 59, and Kathleen, 55, no longer live together and court papers have say there is ´no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.´ The couple have no children together but have a long working relationship with Kathleen acting as producer on several of Michael´s projects including the controversial documentaries Capitalism: A Love Story and Sicko.
Todd Harris, the usually gregarious consultant to Sen. Marco Rubio, uncharacteristically resisted eight days of calls and emails seeking his thoughts for this column. When he finally did reply, the answer was: “to be honest, another story about Marco and immigration is not high on Christmas list!!” No wonder. The very issue Rubio (and Harris) thought would be a game-changing, legacy-builder looks like a big liability for the Florida senator, at least right now. In the process, the self-confident presidential hopeful suddenly looks wobbly, even a little weak, as he searches for what’s next.
After being the face of the Senate´s immigration bill, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has not said a word about it since it passed more than three weeks ago, and has not come to the bill´s defense even when other Republicans have attacked it. As the National Journal noted, Rubio did not even respond when House Republican leaders "trashed" the bill as being like Obamacare last week. The publication notes that Rubio´s office, "which churned out countless press releases touting his interviews and speeches about the legislation, hasn´t said a word
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Jonathan Strong, a reporter for NRO, tweets that "Boehner just told Rs the House will not bring up the Senate immigration bill." This is a tactical move on Boehner´s part, largely taken to head off a conservative revolt that would tear the party apart in advance of the 2014 mid terms. Simply put, by not bringing the bill to the floor, but allowing some stand-alone immigration reform bills to be voted on, Boehner is not taking any chances that the Senate bill will pass.
NEW YORK – Given the friction and financial woes facing the Girl Scouts these days, perhaps it´s time for a giant friendship circle. Under that long-standing tradition, a ring of Scouts clasp hands and give a little squeeze, accompanied by a silent wish of good will. Just a year after its centennial celebrations, the Girl Scouts of the USA finds itself in a different sort of squeeze. Its interconnected problems include declining membership and revenues, a dearth of volunteers, rifts between leadership and grassroots members, a pension plan with a $347 million deficit,
The top Republican crafting the Senate’s sweeping immigration-reform legislation acknowledged Sunday the bill still has flaws, while a fellow GOP senator said their party blocking its passage will only add to their “demographic death spiral.” Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants and potential 2016 presidential candidate, said roughly 95 percent of the bill is in “perfect shape” and that the full chamber debates are off to a good start. However, he expressed concerns about whether the legislation ensures adequate border security and said Americans have
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Faced with an unimaginable dilemma, Bettine Le Beau’s mother decided to give her and her brother to a stranger to save them from a concentration camp. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Bettine tells Louette Harding about her dangerous escape and her remarkable life after the war. The depths of winter, 1940: an agent from a humanitarian organisation smuggles herself into Gurs concentration camp near the French Pyrenees. In the women’s barrack, she explains, ‘I am able to take ten children out of here. Tell me if you want me to take yours.’
Only four doctors in the U.S. offer third-trimester abortions, knowing they risk their own lives every day to carry out such controversial procedures. These doctors are the subject of a documentary screened at the Sundance film festival last weekend, forty years after the legalization of abortion in the U.S. and four years after Dr Tiller. Physician George Tiller was a prominent practitioner of late-term abortions shot dead by an extremist in 2009. The documentary After Tiller is named for him and focuses on the few remaining doctors who perform abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy. The Supreme Court granted states the right to limit abortions in the final three months of a pregnancy.
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
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Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
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I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Goose Creek resident Nancy Mace officially announced her campaign to defeat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican Party primary. The first woman to graduate from the Citadel, Mace is a well-regarded up-and-comer in Palmetto State politics, counting at least one notable South Carolina Tea Party fave as an ally, state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort). However, if Mace truly hopes to secure the SCGOP nomination, she will need to answer questions about another comrade, Will Folks of FITSNews. As the former co-owner of FITSNews, Mace presided over the South Carolina political gossip site during its most infamous days;
A dart game that used President Obama´s face for target practice at a county fair in New York state is being dismantled today. Fairgoer Abigail Czapsky submitted photos of the booth at Otsego County Fair to HuffPost yesterday, which show President Obama´s face lined up alongside yellow stars in a dart game. According to Czapsky´s Facebook page, following yesterday´s HuffPost story the booth has now taken down the offensive targets. Czapsky says the Otsego County Fair Board called her to apologize about the booth and explain that it was being taken down. Not one individual on the fair board