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  •  I was born in Washington, D.C. (3+ / 0-)
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    in 1952. My family was NASA from the beginning. Cos they worked in The Unmanned/R & D side, we spent a lot of time living in the MD suburbs. I lived in Silver Springs and Bowie, MD until my family left for FL in '69 after my Dad passed.

    You bet I recall the racism on both sides of teh color fence. The Eastern Shore (Deale Beach, etc) and western MD were hotbeds of white racism. The KKK were a small part of it. There were gang fights that broke out all the time in towns like Bladensburg between white greasers and black gangbangers who were spreading out from DC. There was a huge race riot in DC that had teh MD National Guard called out to protect the state line. Bowie was only 18 miles from that one. You bet my folks were scared. So was everyone else of all colors and ethnic groups.

    The Afro-Americans would have these fabulous R & B music fests down in areas right on Chesapeake Bay. Whites were NOT invited-period.

    Man, I am so familiar w/ Laurel, MD and Prince Georges County. I sure hope things have changed for teh better. Now, I live ironically in east central Florida. Great diary. T and R!!

    Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

    by orlbucfan on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 02:32:02 PM PST

    •  I was born in DC also and lived in Silver Spring (6+ / 0-)

      Silver Spring is located in Montgomery County and today is multi-racial in ways I never would have believed possible back in the 1950's and 60's. For all of its "liberal" reputation, Montgomery County where I grew up was no racial paradise when I was there. It was very white, informally segregated and racial slurs were part of everyday speech.

      There were small rural black communities that had been there at least since the 19th century, often without sewer & water hookups or paved roads.

      There was  the Giles-Johnson  case dating from 1961, three young Montgomery Co black men falsely accused of raping a white woman. The Unitarian Church I belonged to was very active in their defense.

      Liberal Montgomery county had its very own Scottsboro. Imagine that.

      "Don't believe everything you think."

      by BobboSphere on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:38:18 PM PST

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      •  It was very interesting to see this diary from you (2+ / 0-)
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        for various personal reasons. I had a dear old friend who lived in North East and worked at Perry Point. He went by the username BOBBO1 at another political site we used to frequent. He often commented on the racist/redneck aspects of Cecil County. Sadly, he died back in early 2007. This diary helped bring him back to mind.

        He and I both grew up in Rosedale on the northeast side of Baltimore.

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        by kbman on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 07:52:58 PM PST

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    •  Yes, I remember a client company needing a certain (1+ / 0-)
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      type of engineer in eastern shore Maryland and not willing to hire the perfect guy because he was "black." I said, "don't apologize--he has four other offers elsewhere."

      Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

      by Mayfly on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 06:23:37 PM PST

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    •  Goin' Down To Laurel (0+ / 0-)

      This post reminded me of the Steve Forbert lyric, "goin' down to Laurel, it's a dirty, stinkin' town."

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