From the cover this week, we see a rioter in Baltimore, running from a police line.
The Roots of Baltimore’s Riot
The city’s eruption follows decades of systemic failure
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was in church when she heard that Freddie Gray was dead. She says she knew “immediately” that this was something more than the depressingly common passing of another young man in a troubled old city. Black men dying at the hands of police had become “a slow-rolling crisis” in America, as President Obama would put it nine days after Gray’s death. And Freddie Gray was a black man who entered a police van handcuffed and conscious on April 12 and came out less than an hour later comatose, with his spinal cord nearly severed.
And the fact more whites are killed by cops, the fact a black male is more likely to die at the hands of a black thug is not a crisis. But that kind of crisis won't give you opportunity.
The what, the how and the why of Gray’s fatal encounter with Baltimore police remained a mystery more than two weeks after the event. But the mayor could hear that slow-rolling train pulling into her town. And when rioting broke out after Gray’s funeral on April 27–a night of arson, looting and brick throwing that led the mayor to declare a 10 p.m. citywide curfew as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called out the National Guard–it became clear the train was pulling a lot of baggage cars behind it...After she told the police to stand down and telling the police and the world "...we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”
...While the city’s population may have stabilized at about 600,000–from a peak of nearly 1 million–Baltimore’s poorest areas are stagnant. There are roughly 16,000 vacant homes throughout the city, many of them in Sandtown-Winchester, where a quarter of the houses sit empty. According to a 2011 report by the Baltimore city health department, the neighborhood is long on liquor stores (double the city average) but short on jobs (the unemployment rate is also double the city average). One in 4 juveniles was arrested at least once from 2005 to 2009. “It’s one of the most disinvested neighborhoods in our city,” says Lawrence Brown, a community activist and professor of health policy at Morgan State University. And Baltimore, for all these reasons, has become America’s latest poster city for racial and economic discontent.
And who has run this city for the last 60 years? Oh yea, Democrats.
...A “Slow-Rolling Crisis”
For Nine uncomfortable months we have wrestled in new ways with our centuries-old conversation about race. The roots of these days of rage, whether in Ferguson or North Charleston or Baltimore, reach down through decades of compounded failures. Each flash point is different; so was each community’s response. But there is something universal about them all. As Obama noted, during remarks in the Rose Garden that ranged from determined to despairing, “I think we, as a country, have to do some soul-searching. This is not new. It’s been going on for decades. And without making any excuses for criminal activities that take place in these communities,” he continued, in Baltimore and elsewhere “you have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunity, where children are born into abject poverty.” The parents, “often, because of substance-abuse problems or incarceration or lack of education themselves, can’t do right by their kids.”
The President was frustrated that attention to this tangle of problems is so sporadic, with satellite trucks and blue-ribbon panels dispatched only “when a CVS burns … when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped.” But Baltimore is as good a place as any to learn just how complicated and change-resistant these problems can be...
Well B Hussein trillions of dollars have been poured into the inner cites since the War on Poverty was started and for this we have what? Just what you said,..."impoverished communities...stripped away of opportunity, where children are born into abject poverty.... parents..often, because of substance-abuse problems or incarceration or lack of education themselves, can’t do right by their kids..." But you are avoiding the obvious as usual for political points. Where are the parents? To use the vernacual of the hood, where are the "Baby's Daddies"? Well they have been replaced by the federal government. Even during the 60s most black families had two parent households and the fathers were expected to support their children. Now we have told generations of young black women (and now Hispanic women and increasingly white women) that Uncle Sugar will pay your bills and raise your kids. And sperm doners, you can just impreginate one woman after another and not have to worry about it. We got the mom and kids. Leads to desstruction of the black family to a degree the KKK or Margeret Sanger could not dream of, but it accomplishes the goal. It gives Democrats a impoverished population depandant on substidies to draw votes from. Doubt that, may I quote Lyndon B Johnson, the worst president this country has ever had:
“I’ll have those ni%%ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” —LBJ to two governors on Air Force One -But I guess the facts will not fit the template there Time.
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”—LBJ
...Baltimore’s troubles persist despite the rise of a generation of black leaders and a highly diverse corps of public employees. The mayor, the schools’ CEO and the police chief are all African Americans, and 48% of the police force is black. Indeed, Baltimore has always produced strong black figures, from the religious leader Mary Elizabeth Lange to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (who once lived in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray died).
But it turns out that diversity at the top and integration of the middle class are challenges of a different order than the crisis of the left behind. Those African American police officers are not likely to live in Baltimore’s most troubled neighborhoods, and when Mayor Rawlings-Blake initially characterized the rioters in her city, she chose a word–thugs–that seemed to distance her from the deeper problem.
OK, what does Marshall have to do with this incident. The Baltimore he left was a functioning city, not a segregated area with dying industy (except for government), useless schools and corrupt government.
This isn’t to say that race has no part in the toxic tangle. Joseph Capista, a lecturer at Towson University who helped organize demonstrations outside Gray’s wake on Sunday, says he has lived in several neighborhoods around Baltimore. Policing in more-affluent white neighborhoods, he says, is almost always more respectful than in poorer black ones. “We live in an antebellum society in terms of racial justice,” he says...Maybe Mr Capista it has to do with the minority dominated areas are crime ridden Third World communiites where the cops are much more likey to be attacked, injured or killed. Also in the white upper class areas most of the residents can get throgh a conversation without using profanity or threatening officers and the residents comes from stable households. Forgive me, the issues of the inner city minority communites have nothing to do with federal funding but with people making very poor decisions with their lives. You want to get out of poverty, the numbers show what to do. Finish high school, don't have children when you're a teenager and delay children until you are married.
So if you want to know why the major media is dying, look at this article and she why it is so unmatched from reality. In an article from today Time is discussing a major issue, homophobia in America's high school locker rooms. Yo Mr Iditor, no one cares about this except for the morons who go to parties with.
The country is on the verge of bankruptcy, our economy is dead, our entitlements are out of control and need to reformed, the Iranians are about to be armed with nuclear weapons with the support of the current administration you have screeched for since 2008, our enemies don’t respect or fear us, our allies don’t trust us, the Democrat’s leading candidate has committed crimes with destroying official documents and is taking money from foreign governments for influence and you think a football player calling another player a fag is a national issue. No wonder you’re worthless and when your other former newsweekly Newsweek was sold for a buck it was overpriced. I wonder if you will be a penny purchase when it’s over.