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ERIC Number: EJ861840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep-9
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
A Mediating Force
Galuszka, Peter
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n15 p14-15 Sep 2009
For a suburban area of Washington, D.C., Southern Maryland has remained unusually "Southern." Its rolling tobacco fields, former slave quarters and lonesome two-lane roads through piney woods seem more reminiscent of the Deep South than the nation's capital. So, too, have its attitudes on race. That became evident on Dec. 6, 2004, when five men set fires to 27 homes under construction, destroying 12 of them. All were in a Charles County subdivision favored by upscale African-Americans moving to the area from other parts of metropolitan Washington for its peace and affordable homes. Stunned, county leaders bristled over the county's negative reputation in the national media. The situation worsened later when some White high school students scrawled graffiti such as "KKK" on the doors and sign of a predominantly Black Baptist church to protest the influx of minority families. This article discusses how the College of Southern Maryland takes the lead in turning the situation around by facilitating discussions surrounding race and class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland