Before Kurt Schmoke's election as Baltimore's first black mayor, an editorial in the Baltimore Afro-American painted a bright picture of the prospect of black political control of Baltimore. Concluding that control of the 'political levers' would have a decisive effect upon the quality of life in the black community, the Afro called upon the black community to elect "highly able, qualified, and esteemed blacks" to positions of authority and power. Electing such people, the Afro continued, would pay great dividends in "black pride, self-respect, and motivation." (p. 91)So wrote Harold McDougall in the book Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community,
After decades of black political rule, the city of Baltimore is on the verge of financial Armageddon. Those political levers of power were granted to black individuals who treated the government like a retiree treats a slot machine lever in Las Vegas after they've won a big jackpot.
|Thanks to black people, you can put a chalk outline around the whole city of Baltimore|
The election of blacks has had virtually no effect on black self-respect, though black pride (perhaps stubbornness?) continues to haunt a city that once considered among America's great achievements.
Now, the city is busy covering up black crime in the Inner Harbor, with any attempt to address the problem a greater crime than the black mobs attacking tourists and driving away business. An increase security is the only solution the black city leaders can come up (logically, an outright banning of blacks from the Inner Harbor would solve the problem).
With July 4 approaching (what exactly are we American's celebrating again? Freedom, which has directly lead to the ruinous state of our major cities?), the violence of the black community in Baltimore is reaching levels not seen in years... perhaps since the crack epidemics of the 1980s.
Twenty-nine shot, 10 dead in a span of six days. Welcome to life in a city fueled by black political power.[Baltimore police promise 'dramatic increase' in presence through July 4: Weeklong spike in shootings, homicides spurs law enforcement partnerships, Baltimore Sun, June 28, 2013]:
Residents can expect to see a "dramatic" law enforcement increase this weekend and through the July Fourth holiday, as city and police officials search for ways to tamp down a spree of deadly violence.
Police officials vowed to deploy up to three times the number of officers typically on the streets over the weekend, with the city's patrol forces being joined by officers from the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Baltimore City sheriff's office.
In another show of police force, authorities made the rare move Friday of closing off a city block on Bennett Place with metal fences, allowing only residents from the block to enter after a third person was shot and killed in the area since February.
A total of 35 people have been shot in the city since June 21.
"We are increasing our deployments throughout all of the hot spots over the course of the week," said Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a Baltimore police spokesman.
But some questioned the so-called saturation patrols. The increased presence comes at a time when the Police Department is on track to exceed its overtime budget for the fiscal year, which comes to a close after this weekend. The department also exceeded its budget last year.
Fraternal Order of Police President Robert F. Cherry Jr. said the saturation plan is not sustainable, while City Councilman James Kraft questioned whether it would sap resources from some neighborhoods to flood troubled ones.
Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts attributed the crime spike on Friday to warring gangs, retaliatory shootings and club violence. He also said conflicts at the city jail — in the spotlight for a scandal involving corrections officers allegedly working with gang members — may be playing out in city neighborhoods.
"There are some issues that are taking place inside the jail facility that are spilling out to the streets," he said in an interview with Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks on WYPR-FM. "We believe there's a connection at the jail that's spilling out on the street. But I don't want to get too much more into that."
Batts also questioned the effectiveness of the court system as a deterrent.
"Our criminals on the streets are more willing to take a charge on murder because they think they can get off with our juries," he said.
The violence continued to play out as the weekend neared.
Just after 9 p.m. Thursday, between 50 and 100 residents on Elmora Avenue in the Four by Four neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore milled around outdoors in small cliques and circles, arguing among themselves in what police would later describe as a "community altercation."
Suddenly, police said, bullets were fired into the crowd, and three women were injured. One, 21-year-old Gennie Shird of Pen Lucy, was pronounced dead before 10 p.m.In 2012, 94 percent of murder victims in Baltimore were black (217 murders, with a clearance rate of 47 percent); 79 percent of known suspects had a criminal record, with 82 percent of the victims also having a criminal record.
An internecine war among the underclass black population is dragging the entire city to a layer of hell not even Dante could have endured.
The Baltimore Sun publishes an interactive map that shows the race of murder victims (and where they were murdered) going back to 2007. Go ahead and look at the reality of crime in the city of Baltimore.
Calling the black violence 'gang-related' is a disservice to the intensity (and random) nature of black violence in the city:
Maria Whiting's Northeast Baltimore home is immaculate. The dining room table is set with gold chargers beneath each plate and matching gold napkins at each setting. The white couches, covered in artfully arranged throw pillows, are so fluffy and pristine it seems impossible that anyone has ever sat on them. Whiting herself is equally put together and looks far younger than her 50 years. It's hard to believe that this friendly, soft-spoken woman has seen so much tragedy.A case of mistaken identity -- perhaps all blacks look alike to black people?
In 1995 her eldest son, Valgene Donte Alston, was heading home after playing basketball when a man with a gun mistook him for someone he had fought with earlier that day. According to Whiting, the man stood over her son, a good kid who had never been in trouble, and shot him twice in the head. "When he walked away one of the guys said, `Oh, I shot the wrong black nigger,'" Whiting says. Donte was 22.
The reason Baltimore is dying is simple -- it's black population (the city was 81 percent white in 1950, with the black population - courtesy of Manifest Destruction - rising from 142,000 in 1930 to 326,000 in 1960) successfully drove out whites in the decades of 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, and the 2000s, because the fear of what happened to Valgene Alston wasn't something white people wanted to deal with on a regular basis.
So how did that whole "black political power" translating into 'self-respect and black pride' turn out? Just look at the body count black people racked up in 2007:
A Breakdown Of Baltimore City’s 2007 Homicide Statistics
Posted 1/23/2008Total number of victims: 282Victims by Race:African-American: 261Asian: 1Caucasian: 14Hispanic: 4Other: 2
Percentage of victims who were African-American: 92.6 percentPercentage of the city's population who are African-American: 64.8 percentPer capita homicide rate: 44 per 100,000Per capita homicide rate for African-American men in their 20s: 460 per 100,000
And it's not just Baltimore that black people are directly converting into just another version of Port-au-Prince, Haiti within the former city limits of a once-thriving American city.
Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis are all black war zones (courtesy of the so-called "Great Migration"),with a frightened white population left with declining property values and the prospect of a Detroit 2013 scenario hanging over their heads like a guillotine.
What are you celebrating this July 4th?