Skip to comments.The Tragedy of Baltimore: Inside the crackup of an American city.
Posted on 03/12/2019 3:46:20 AM PDT by reaganaut1
In Baltimore, you can tell a lot about the politics of the person youre talking with by the word he or she uses to describe the events of April 27, 2015. Some people, and most media outlets, call them the riots; some the unrest. Guy was among those who always referred to them as the uprising, a word that connoted something justifiable and positive: the first step, however tumultuous, toward a freer and fairer city. Policing in Baltimore, Guy and many other residents believed, was broken, with officers serving as an occupying army in enemy territory harassing African-American residents without cause, breeding distrust and hostility.
In 2016, the United States Department of Justices Civil Rights Division concurred, releasing a report accusing the citys Police Department of racial discrimination and excessive force. The city agreed to a consent decree with the federal government, a set of policing reforms that would be enforced by a federal judge. When an independent monitoring team was selected to oversee the decree, Guy was hired as its community liaison. This was where she wanted to be: at the forefront of the effort to make her city a better place.
But in the years that followed, Baltimore, by most standards, became a worse place. In 2017, it recorded 342 murders its highest per-capita rate ever, more than double Chicagos, far higher than any other city of 500,000 or more residents and, astonishingly, a larger absolute number of killings than in New York, a city 14 times as populous. Other elected officials, from the governor to the mayor to the states attorney, struggled to respond to the rise in disorder, leaving residents with the unsettling feeling that there was no one in charge.
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Baltimore’s problem is not enough socialism.
Baltimore was a great and beautiful city. Unfortunately the last series of Mayors and City Council were nothing but corrupt incompetent slackers and imho racists.
Put simply and truthfully, Baltimore is a dump.
every crime-ridden, drug infested inner city shithole in the US has been run exclusively by democrats for generations. and yet the same brain-dead morons inhabiting these shitholes elect democrats over and over. And the rest of us are supposed to care....?
All of it the Dems fault...
it’s not far from the Capital to the districts of Panem.
Agreed. I used to care about my fellow human but they have proven unworthy of my help. They will accept your free stuff and then bite you in return. Whatever you do to the least of your breathren, you do unto me? Hmmmm....
The only thing good in Baltimore is Ann Arundles Seafood
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Same problem as found in Chicago and probably most other large ciites: as long as “the community” hates the cops more than it hates the gangs, anarchy and mayhem will thrive.
I stopped going to Phillips Seafood at the Inner Harbor about 15 years ago related to the large influx of Morlocks roaming around. It had been a regular stop for me when traveling I-95.
Its a poverty of values. The entire nation needs a spiritual awakening.
All of the inner city problems are now afflicting the rest of the country.
Yep. Why would a cop risk his life if he could face prosecution for doing his job? Putting the Freddie Gray cops on trial was a big mistake.
Democrats are soft on crime the cry about the repercussions.
We know it isnt Blacks, since they keep White guys from committing crime.
Ding Ding Ding! Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
Honestly, non-Leftist people might be enticed to care out of compassion if nothing else, but not while being blamed in a variety of ways for being the CAUSE of the problems of Leftist crap-hole cities.
Democratic rot fueled and encouraged by the scumedia
“Same problem as found in Chicago and probably most other large ciites: as long as the community hates the cops more than it hates the gangs, anarchy and mayhem will thrive.”
Agree, and it’s VERY SIMPLE regarding Baltimore. The cops there were treated like crap because they were the problem in the eyes of the people and their elected leaders. So the cops said fine, we’ll step back and get out of the way and your wonderful city can show the world we’re not needed.
And now we’re seeing the result.
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