So, I was reading this Deadspin comment thread and someone from DC, "Unsilent Majority," made a disparaging remark about the historical racism in one of America's greater cities (I won't mention which one). I defended this unmentioned city while taking a small poke at DC's current struggles with racism.
Then, some dude calling himself "Larry Bird Flu" had this to say:
"Anyone hear about the whole uproar about calling Prince George's County "PG County?" That PG is racist? That's ridunkulous."
This is news to me. I did a rudimentary Google/Wikipedia search and came up with nothing. So I turn to you, my faithful readers. Are there people out there who think abbreviating "Prince George's" is racist? If so, why? Any information you have on the subject would be enlightening. I am inclined to believe that such a belief would qualify as ridunkulous, but I'd like to have all the facts before making a final decision.
UPDATE: Ok. A few commenters sent me a link to The Washington Express Blog. They provide the following excerpt taken from The Washington Post:
"Going back at least 30 years, some county politicians have associated use of the abbreviation with disrespect and have worked to discourage it, even as some residents scratch their heads about the connection. The debate is a complex one, fraught with racial and class implications and compounded by sensitivities about where the county fits in among its more affluent suburban neighbors, including Montgomery and Fairfax counties."
I don't really see any claims of racism. It's little more than a public relations move. It's not really ridunkulous, just asinine.