|What the white minority feels like in Baltimore, a city where being the victim of black crime is a daily fear|
An attempt to sanitize the black population of Baltimore (that has driven away, not only whites, but any racial group hoping to find peace and stability in the same streets Edgar Allen Poe once roamed) and paint them as an oppressed class - as opposed to the demographic that oppresses Baltimore - David Simon's HBO show is proof-positive why our inane era must come to an end.
In one episode of The Wire, one of the main black drug dealers proposes this query to one of his black bodyguards: "Do you know what the most dangerous thing in America is? A n--ger with a library card."
This, of course, lacks credulity. The most dangerous thing in America is just the person who excuses black dysfunction as anything but the fault of the individual n--ger engaging in it, as we see on a daily basis in Baltimore.
|From a 1992 Associated Press story documenting life for merchants in a majority black (riddled with black crime) city|
This is a city where witness intimidation (remember the Dawson family?), jury nullification (remember Joel Lee, a Korean, who was killed by a black dude in Baltimore, only to have a nearly all-black jury find his accused black murderer not guilty) and the idea of black political supremacy (racial payback: "now the shoe is on the other foot") is standard operating procedure.
A few years back, when a white Johns Hopkins University student, John Pontolillo, killed a black career criminal (49-year-old Donald Rice, who had been arrested more than two dozen times for burglary, breaking and entering and auto theft) with a samurai sword, the Baltimore Sun editorialized against those celebrating his demise, noting [No Cause For Cheers: Our View: The Gleeful Reaction To The Killing Of A Burglar By A Hopkins Student With A Samurai Sword Is Unseemly And Ignores The Tragedy That Has Engulfed Two Lives, 9-17-2009]:
The burglar, Donald D. Rice, wouldn't ordinarily deserve much sympathy. He was a career criminal with a long record of thefts. He had just gotten out of prison the previous Saturday after serving six months for a conviction in Baltimore County. By all accounts he was neither an admirable character nor an innocent victim.
But even burglars don't deserve to be killed with a razor-sharp sword. And Mr. Pontolillo - whose thinking may have been clouded by the adrenaline rush of fear, panic and anger - must now spend the rest of his life grappling with the anguish and remorse of having snuffed out another's life.
This is certainly nothing to celebrate. The glorification of the incident online and around town belies the horror of the killing and its aftermath. Even if it ultimately is judged to have been legally justified, the question of whether the situation couldn't have been handled differently will remain.
No amount of adulation as a modern-day ninja vigilante is likely to take away the pain Mr. Pontolillo is liable to feel in years to come as the awful reality of this gruesome episode sinks in.Pontolillo's samurai sword heroics would be celebrated in a fake SGA campaign at Johns Hopkins, with students of that elite institution knowing black criminals prey upon them, sometimes even taking the lives of undergraduates.
Like Stephen Pitcairn, a white undergraduate who was about to enroll in medical school and assisted with breast cancer research. Two black people murdered him back in 2010.[Hopkins researcher's promising life cut short in robbery: Two arrested in connection with crime robbery charges against suspect were dropped in May, Baltimore Sun, 7-27-2010]:
Dropped off at Penn Station after a weekend trip to New York to visit his sister, 23-year-old Stephen Pitcairn was talking to his mother on his iPhone at about 11 p.m. and walking north in the 2600 block of St. Paul St. when a man and woman demanded money.
Police say he turned over his wallet, then took a knife to the chest.
A resident was in his home ironing when he saw three people who appeared to be fighting, then heard a scream. He ran outside, saw Pitcairn lying on his stomach in the gutter and called 911.
"I made it back and held his hand, and I told him that everything was going to be OK," said the man, who was shaken and did not want to give his name. "He said, 'Help me,' and then I held his hand until he expired. I didn't want him to be alone.
"Nobody wants to die alone."
Police said Pitcairn was officially pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma center after midnight. He would have turned 24 Tuesday.
Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said Pitcairn's mother heard the robbery over the phone.
Police arrested and charged two people in connection with the crime, each one with a predictable rap sheet. Lavelva Merritt, 24, has a long history of drug-related arrests and convictions. John Alexander Wagner, 34, has been charged in robberies and assaults, never receiving anything more than what amounted to time served, even after violating his probation repeatedly, court records show.
In charging documents, police said they were told by witnesses that Merritt and Wagner were overheard saying that they had "robbed and 'hurt' a 'white boy.'" Detectives recovered a brown wallet, Pitcairn's iPhone, several folding and fixed blade knives — and shoes containing what appeared to be blood."White boys" are merely walking ATMs in Baltimore.
Or if you're a Korean merchant hoping to do business in the war-zone of Baltimore (like Joel Lee's parents), who have to take the extraordinary precaution of putting their entire store behind plexiglass to protect both employee and inventory from the predatory black population. [Korean businessmen want out of inner city, The Free Lance Star, 11-11-1992]
Baltimore (AP) - In the back of Chung's Grocery the police emergency number stands out in bold black letters on a crudely made cardboard sign next to the telephone.Baltimore.
When night falls in the poor, mostly black, inner-city neighborhood, the Chungs retreat behind a plexiglass shield to protect themselves from armed visitors, even before the metal grating is pulled across the tiny storefront.
Despite the presence of often elaborate security systems, at least three Korean-American grocers have been killed over the past two years. Many others, like the Chungs, were robbed.
Police say it is not because of who they are, but where their stores are located, that Korean immigrants have been the targets of crime. But that's consolation for the more than 250 Korean families who put in 70-to 90-hour work weeks at their "Mom and Pop" stores, most of which are located in the inner city.
Suk Bum Chung - no relation to the Chungs - worked 12 hours a day, six and seven days a week, for six years before he was gunned down during a holdup at his small grocery store last November. He had hoped to bring his wife and six children to the country once his business was thriving.
Once he wrote home to say, "I understand the problems of crime here. But I don't know what to do about it. It is very dangerous here and maybe I should come back to Korea," his son recalled after the shooting.
Problems of crime.
Almost exclusively crime committed by black people.
Which brings us to a web site, Medium.com, and a post by Tracey Halvorsen that has gone completely viral. Titled "Baltimore City, You're Breaking My Heart: This is why people leave," Halvorsen writes:
Not once does Tracey mention 'blacks' the people behind every one of the problems she cites as a reason Baltimore City is breaking her heart and why people leave.
It's why grocery store owners put their entire stores behind plexiglass; it's why Johns Hopkins students made a samurai sword wielding undergraduate a hero; it's where "no snitching" was born; it's why jury nullification and witness intimidation is the name of the game in the city.
It's that simple: race.
Crime isn't the elephant in the room of Baltimore; "inequality," as WYPR producer Lawrence Lanahan claimed in a response to Tracey's piece titled "Whose Heart is Baltimore Breaking, Really?" (attempting to rationalize black crime as a response to oppressive 'white privilege') isn't the real elephant; no, it's simply an out-of-control black population that Norplant in the Baltimore Public Schools once tried to end.
Being white in Baltimore is exactly like being white in Philadelphia; eventually, the dwindling white population of America will find the experiences of whites in these two eastern seaboard cities was a harbinger of the future.
It's race, stupid.