Country’s wealthiest black communities being investigated by GOP

Prince George's County in Maryland houses 7 out of the 10 richest African-American communities in the United States and has more Black wealth in one place than anywhere else in the country. What's more, its citizens are the best-educated of any similar community.

And yet Maryland's Governor, Larry Hogan, requested an investigation into the community.

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Michael Brown

The 18-year-old was shot and killed by Ferguson Police on August 9, 2014, on his way to his grandmother's house.

Eric Garner

Father of six, Garner died on Thursday, July 17, 2014, after NYPD officers put him in a "choke hold" in front of passerbys in broad daylight.

Trayvon Martin

Martin was shot and killed as he walked through a gated neighborhood, where he was visiting family in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. 

Ramarley Graham

Officer Richard Haste shot and killed 18-year-old Graham on February 2, 2012 in the bathroom of his grandmother’s home in Bronx, N.Y.

Patrick Dorismond

The 26-year-old was shot on March 16, 2000, during a confrontation with undercover NYPD officers who asked him about where they could purchase drugs.

Oscar J. Grant III

Officer Johannes Mehserle said he accidentally used his gun when he was reaching for a taser after shooting Grant on New Year’s Day 2009.

Steven Eugene Washington

Washington was shot and killed by gang-enforcement officers Allan Corrales and George Diego on Mar. 10, 2010 in Los Angeles after the autistic teen began approaching them and appeared to remove something from his waistband.

Travares McGill

McGill died July 16, 2005, in the same county in which Travyon Martin was killed, after being shot by two security guards.

Ousmane Zongo

Zongo was confronted and killed by Officer Bryan A. Conroy during a raid on a counterfeit-CD ring in New York City, of which he had no involvement, on May 22, 2003.

Ronald Madison and James Brissette

Following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, five officers opened fire on an unarmed family on Danziger Bridge, killing 17-year-old James Brissette. The officers would go on to shoot at two brothers, killing Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man with severe mental disabilities.


Hogan reportedly requested the investigation to look into rising graduation rates, claiming that grades and credit counts are being tampered with to increase the graduation rate. However, with other indicators going up in the area such as a dramatic decrease in crime, especially violent crime, and an increase in population due to more people moving into the area after the drop following the housing crisis, it's just as likely that these positive indicators in the community itself show that the community is simply improving across the board.

It's also more than a little suspicious that county executive Rushern Baker announced that he planned to run for governor against Hogan only a few days before Hogan announced the investigation.

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As suggested by Medium, Hogan could focus his attention on Carroll County, which is first in the state in graduation rates but is experiencing a major rise in crime, but tellingly, the county is 91 percent white and voted for him in 2012.

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