The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention.
Black Lives Don't Matter: In March of 2015, black elected leaders and black clergy held a symposium on how to end black-on-black homicides in Baltimore...
President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make “massive investments in urban communities,” they could “make a difference right now” in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray.
However, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found that the Obama administration and Democratically-controlled Congress did make a “massive” investment into Baltimore, appropriating $1,831,768,487 though the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the stimulus.
According to Recovery.gov, one of Baltimore’s central ZIP codes, 21201, received the most stimulus funding in the city, a total of $837,955,866. The amount included funding for 276 awards, and the website reports that the spending had created 290 jobs in the fourth quarter in 2013.
Of this amount, $467.1 million went to education; $206.1 million to the environment; $24 million to “family”; $16.1 million to infrastructure; $15.2 million to transportation; $11.9 million to housing; and $3.1 million to job training.
ZIP code 21202 received $425,170,937, including a $136 million grant to “improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet State academic achievement standards.”
Twenty-nine other ZIP codes listed in Baltimore city received a total of $568,641,684.
The Free Beacon calculated the total amount of stimulus funds disbursed to all ZIP codes in Baltimore City, as reported on the stimulus website Recovery.gov. The analysis includes the totals of awards to prime recipients in Baltimore, plus sub-recipient awards to Baltimore organizations and companies that conducted stimulus projects located outside the city.
The projects included $26.5 million from the Justice Department (DOJ) to combat gang activity and provide community support for at-risk juveniles.$1.8 Billion in stimulus funds went to 65 percent black Baltimore... and all we got for the investment was 200 businesses destroyed the Baltimore Insurrection of 2015, seemingly encouraged by the black mayor Baltimore. [‘Let Them Loot, It’s Only Property’: LEO Source Claims Baltimore Mayor Ordered Cops to Stand Down, The Blaze, 4-29-2015]
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, presiding over a city where 90 percent of homicide victims and 90 percent of suspects were African-Americans, called for "new ideas" Monday in the longstanding fight against black-on-black crime.
"Let us all work together to discuss what's working and hopefully have a conversation about new ideas and approaches," Rawlings-Blake said in her most expansive comments on the subject to date.
"None of us have all the answers, but I believe working together we can make a real difference in our community. This issue is too important for us to fall short."
The mayor recruited a cross section of city leaders to a forum next week to talk about ways to strengthen social ties among black males — a key step, she said, to bringing down the number of killings in the city.
She described the forum as the first in a series of steps to address the problem. She spoke of getting churches, nonprofits and community groups to enlist more black men to serve as mentors, volunteers, job training coaches and tutors, Rawlings-Blake said. Rawlings-Blake was expanding on the call to action she issued last week during her annual State of the City address.
Of the 211 homicide victims in Baltimore last year, 189 were African-American males. The majority of the 85 known suspects — 77 — were also black. Rawlings-Blake invited Baltimoreans to the forum "if you want to help or if you need help."
It is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 24 at Empowerment Temple in Northwest Baltimore. The Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, whom Rawlings-Blake chose to host the forum, called the initiative "Star Trek leadership: Going where no other city has ever gone in addressing head-on the issue of black-on-black homicide."
"This is a breath of fresh air that we're no longer just bemoaning the problem," Bryant said. "We're really trying to come up with a compass as to how it is that we move forward."
Batts is one of nine panelists Rawlings-Blake has invited to the forum. Others include City Councilman Brandon Scott, Daric Jackson, principal at Reginald F. Lewis School of Business and Law, and Selwyn Ray, a senior vice president with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake.
City officials are using the radio, social media, neighborhood leaders and the faith community to promote the event. Schools also are expected to encourage students to attend. Ray said he believes the night could prove to be transformative for some.
"We must have a culture, a community that mentors the right way," he said. "And by mentoring the right way we can inject the spirit of love and hope and togetherness in this city. "Young people are crying out in many ways, extreme ways… We want to redirect that energy."Watching more than a score of black people pull a white man from a liquor store in Baltimore on April 27th (the day of full-scale black riot) should provide sufficient evidence of the redirection of energy blacks usually expend on each other.
What actually happened at this symposium on how to end black-on-black crime/homicide in Baltimore is worth discussing... [ City leaders call on black men to mentor youths and stop the violence, Baltimore Sun, 3-25-15]:
Arican-American community leaders implored a sea of mostly black men at a Northwest Baltimore church Tuesday to mentor black youth and help stop a "genocide" of black males being lost to homicide.
The speakers included a pastor, a city councilman, a community activist, a public safety official, a school administrator and nonprofit directors — all African-American —who led a discussion before a crowd of about 1,000 on how black men should stop violence, read to young people and employ teens.
The meeting was convened by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who issued a "call to action" urging black men to do more to curtail the killing of African-Americans, who made up nearly 90 percent of all homicide victims last year.
Many of the community leaders at the Empowerment Temple event have been working for years on that mission. "To see someone being hurt, to see someone being killed, to see the violence to see the madness going on — there's something instinctual that's supposed to be happening as a man," said Munir Bahir, a leader of the 300 Men March, who organizes "street engagement" teams to reach disassociated youth.
"When you see harm, when you see people being victimized, you stand up and you want to do something."
Rawlings-Blake acknowledged criticism from residents who said the "call to action" deflected the failures of the city to lower unemployment, create jobs and make neighborhoods safer.
She responded by saying it's everyone's job to speak out against homicide and the status quo. "Some people have said the work we're doing here is blaming black men," she told the crowd. "I refuse to ignore the crisis."
Last year, in an effort to improve Baltimore's youth literacy rate, Rawlings-Blake signed an order granting every city employee two hours of paid leave per week to volunteer as a literacy tutor through Third Grade Reads, a program that uses city employees to tutor elementary students who are reading below grade level.
Theodore Thompson, deputy chief academic officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, said African-American families need more support to help stop the daily truancy of 4,800 children in Baltimore, 78 percent of whom are black boys.
He said new "reengagement centers," which are underway, are a start. Rawlings-Blake called on businesses to hire one youth for the summer, and if it's too expensive, she urged them to come to the city to seek help.
Scott, the councilman, challenged African-Americans to destroy the stereotypes that continue to plague black men, such as perceptions that they are "dangerous," which he said the black community sometimes feeds into with rap lyrics.
He said young people's self-esteem needs to be strengthened so that they see they are "Kings" with a history that dates back to the start of civilization. "We ourselves self-inflict that stuff because I know we don't live like that," he said.
If blacks are the "Kings," with a history dating back to the dawn of civilization, why is it wherever in America blacks inherit an intact civilization from white flight, the end of anything resembling civilization occurs quickly under the watchful eye of black elected politicians and the black population?
Remember: Baltimore received $1.8 Billion in stimulus funds from President Obama, with the only discernible return on investment for this taxpayer-funded endeavor being black people uniting on May 2 in the city for a dance party at the news six Baltimore Police were indicted for the Freddie Gray incident.
No, blacks have never been "Kings" in any era of known history, save in Black-Run America (BRA): an era where black people are freed from the burden of being judged by their actions, and more importantly, being protected from any criticism of the immense harm individual black people collectively perform on the civilization white people bequeath when they engage in white flight (from black crime).
You could spend $1.8 Trillion to uplift blacks in Baltimore, and still you'd have symposiums held by black elected/appointed leaders and black clergy bemoaning the sordid state of affairs individual black people collectively create in a city absent of white people and the civilization only they can create and maintain.