Murders in B’more began their surge after the riots this spring in response to the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in which the city’s hapless mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake all but offered “space to destroy” to the thugs.
Six police officers were indicted for the Gray death, their trial ended with a hung jury. [See correction below.] By all accounts Baltimore’s cops are pushing a little less forcefully as they go about their dangerous job. That and the looting of drugs from Baltimore pharmacies during the riots have unleashed an unprecedented killing spree. Yes, Baltimore had 353 murders in 1993 but 100,000 more people lived there then.
Most of the murder victims have been black, but the Black Lives Matters movement is more interested in protesting the police than bringing attention to the slaughter of African Americans by, yes, other African Americans.
There is no reason to believe that 2016 will be dramatically less violent than this year. Interestingly, there is a mayoral race next autumn in Baltimore. Rawlings-Blake will not be running for reelection, the early favorite to replace her is her predecessor, Sheila Dixon. As part of her plea deal involving her theft of gift cards meant for poor people, Dixon resigned her office. Sure, early polls nearly always favor those with high name recognition, but her popularity is still troubling. Can a convicted criminal be the savior of Baltimore?
It is said in a democracy that voters get the government they deserve.
Correction: The mistrial was for only one of those accused Baltimore cops. Thanks to commenter Holding My Nose for pointing this out.
Urban riots are sometimes isolated incidents, such as the 1992 Los Angeles outburst of lawlessness after the Rodney King-beatings verdict was announced, or they come in waves, as they did during the Red Summer of 1919 and the Riots of 1967.
This morning a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that an astounding 96 percent of Americans expect more city riots this summer. Warm weather often brings out the worst in people–for instance, murder rates increase during the summer.
I’m not going to delve into the root causes of the 1919 and 1967 disturbances–click on the above links if you want to learn more–I’m just here to discuss 2015.
Last year’s Ferguson, Missouri riots and April’s Baltimore uproar have similar ingredients–the death of a young black male after coming into contact with the police in a poverty-stricken area–and the participation of “professional protesters,” anarchists really, in the melee.
This is a sad truth, but it’s very likely that a black youth resisting arrest will die this summer. When that happens, leftists in the media such as MSNBC’s reckless loudmouth Al Sharpton will label the police department responsible involved as racist–even though these self-appointed experts will only have a cursory grasp of the facts. Through social media and cell phones, the rapid deployment force of the extreme left, those professional protesters, will descend into that jurisdiction. And then the locals will be incited to riot.
Perhaps I am wrong. Hopefully duty-bound police chiefs and mayors across America who believe–correctly–that the most important duty of any government is to protect its citizens, will study the Ferguson and Baltimore riots and devise an effective defense strategy.
Today the entire Morning Joe table from Joe & Mike to Barnicle to Katy Kay & Howard Dean etc all agreed that the Baltimore police simply can’t investigate itself on the Freddie Gray case.
They talked about credibility of the report and public perception and the relationships between those doing the investigation and those being investigated.
I have just one question:
Did any of these people for one moment suggest that this White House couldn’t’ investigate itself on Benghazi, or the IRS scandal, or Fast & Furious? Did they demand an outside investigator on the Clinton emails? I don’t remember that happening at all. I recall instead them believing the WH and saying that conservative concerns were smoke and mirrors.
I realize that Baltimore, which has been a one-party town for nearly half a century, is about to make us, the American taxpayer, fund a rebuilding of all that the rioters are tearing down.
Every variety of federal, state, and local government program has been pouring into Baltimore at disproportionate rates for decades. For instance,
Baltimore ranks fourth among major cities in per-pupil expenditures for districts with more than 40,000 students and spends $16,578 a year per pupil — roughly 52 percent above the national average
more than a quarter of Baltimore students fail to graduate from high school. Fewer than half of Baltimore high-school students passed the last Maryland High School Assessment test. SAT scores for Baltimore students are more than 100 points below the national average.
The police involved in Gray’s arrest and subsequent death must be brought to account, but engaging into large-scale criminality does nothing to bring that about.
The current crime spree (which I refuse to call a protest – this is a protest) repeats itself nearly everywhere; this time Baltimore made the news because of its scale. It is not going to stop until the perpetrators have nothing left to loot. Until and unless individuals like the mom who smacked her son jump in, time after time, every time, and took charge of their children – especially the dads – there will be more crime sprees.
Until and unless the voters kick out office politicians who talk about giving space to those who wish to destroy, there will be more crime sprees.
Lt. Kaminsky:You wanted confirmation, Captain? Take a look! There’s your confirmation!
Tora Tora Tora 1970
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Yesterday while most of the country was watching Baltimore the Supreme Court heard arguments to decide if the definition of marriage that had endured throughout human history was to be tossed out and redefined in a way that not only the founding fathers but most americans of a mere generation ago, would not have imagined.
Given that gay marriage only became legal in American in 2004 by a 4-3 vote in the most liberal state Supreme Court in the land (Massachusetts) and the unwillingness of Governor Mitt Romney to push back in the slightest against this idiocy, the fact that the Supreme Court is expected to uphold the narcissistic idea that marrying within one’s own sex is a basic constitutional right is nothing short of remarkable (constant cheerleading by the entertainment/media complex not withstanding).
What’s even more remarkable in my eyes however is that events in Baltimore that have caused many eyes that would normally be on the court to be elsewhere have given the justices who will be ruling on gay marriage a look at the future they are preparing to create.
The riots give the answer to the question: What do you get when you have a culture when the presence of both a father and mother is considered unimportant in the rearing of children? The experience of the Black family over the last five decades answers this question.
Consider: At the same time that civil rights laws were freeing black Americans from centuries of legal restraints by narcissists redefining marriage (sound familiar) and humanity itself to suit their cultural desires, an event that should have been the prelude for black America to jump into a golden age, two other forces from liberal America, one cultural & one political, arose that would have a catastrophic effect on the black family which had so nobly fought for the rights that were finally being acknowledged.
First came the sexual revolution that not only shattered the concept of sex within marriage as the proper moral norm but brought with it the contraceptive culture giving the illusion of divorcing sex from children (with abortion as the final card to play in an emergency).
Nearly simultaneously came the Great Society which among other things gave the poor, in the form of government cash assistance, an incentive to abandon the family unit for single motherhood without a husband and father in the house.
This combination of incentives coming at this time of transition for the black family was the key ingredient in its destruction. Single parent households, abortion and absent fathers increased while marriage decreased.
The result, two generations later the norm within the black community is now the absence of an intact family with a father & mother present in the home and the further absence of a grandfather to reinforce fatherly values if accident or circumstance causes the fathers loss.
Normally the disastrous results of this, while apparent daily in the black community is invisible to society as a whole (with the exception of judges, police and social workers) but the crisis in Baltimore is giving the general population and the world a vivid view of this new cultural paradigm. And the best illustration of this view came from an angry mother of a rioting son.
Why was there only one mother of a rioter taking action? Where were the rest of the mothers & fathers?
Every single one of those rioters had a mother, yet we only saw one taking actions. Every single one of those rioters had a father, yet we didn’t see a single image of a father pulling a rioter of the street.
I submit and suggest that if black America had that same ratio of intact families with fathers and mothers in the home today as it did in the mid 50’s the number of teens rioting would have been tiny as their concern over the reaction of an angry father would have overridden the peer pressure to raid a mall, set fires or destroy & loot stores.
I further suggest that events in Baltimore vividly illustrate what happens to a culture when you have generations of people who do not have the traditional nuclear family to reinforce values, when the value of a male and female role models is discounted and when society or a subset of it rejects it as the desired norm.
Now in the end the final responsibility for the actions of the rioters, the inaction of their parents, and their failure to said parents to imbue either the values or the fear that would preclude violent acts by their progeny, lies with them.
But while theirs is the responsibility for succumb to the perverse liberal social & financial incentives society as a whole are paying the price allow with them for that choice.
It’s ironic the Supreme Court is deciding whether to allow states the choice of redefining marriage and absorbing the cultural costs that it will entail to children who will not have a father or mother or COMPEL the entire nation to follow the social paradigm of single sex parenting at the same time when while the entire nation and world are seeing the results of this cultural meme.
The justices and the people have a front role seat to the vivid warning provided by Baltimore of the results of such a decision
It’s a lesson I hope the Supreme Court pays heed to.
Let me close with this thought:
While cultures, technology, tastes as to what is socially acceptable might change (for example a century ago the elites of our land were big into the idea of eugenics until a fellow with a Charlie Chaplin mustache took the idea to its logical conclusion with horrifying results) they don’t trump the realities of human nature and the reality is this:
When you create a culture that disregards the vital and unique role of the intact father & mother to raising of children and instead provide incentives, both legally and culturally, to promote alternatives as equal and as healthy for the sake of a groups self-esteem you are sowing the seeds of disaster that will bear fruit within the lifetimes of those foolishly promoting the exercise in narcissism that is gay marriage.
“Returning to the days of mass arrests for any and every minor offense might be a good talking point but it has been proven to be a far less effective strategy for actually reducing crime.”
This came just a few months after Maryland legislator Pat McDonough called on the governor to declare downtown Baltimore a “No-Travel Zone” because of all the “black” people who were “terrorizing” the area.
The mayor did not like that advice either.
She had her own plan and it was working just fine: Just stop arresting people. When O’Malley was mayor, the city collared 100,000 miscreants a year. Last year, they nabbed 50,000.
That dropped the crime numbers but…
They may have stopped arresting people, but crime just keeps on chugging along. Locals know the truth: Baltimore is a dangerous place for racial violence and the people who run the town — and their mouthpieces at the local paper — could not care less.
Just an FYI the piece Mr. Lifson quoted were written months before this week’s riots. I’ll give Ben Shapiro the last word:
Modern race riots do not occur because of the supposed white superstructure or a legacy of governmental underservice. They occur because valueless rioters act in valueless ways. Baltimore is evidence that glossing over lack of values with leftist pabulum about social justice doesn’t stop cities from burning.
Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.
In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have only been only been two Republican governors of the State of Maryland.
Elijah Cummings has represented Baltimore in the U.S. Congress for more than thirty years. As I write this, despite his objectively disastrous reign, the Democrat-infested mainstream media is treating the Democrat like a local folk hero, not the obvious and glaring failure he really is.
Every single member of the Baltimore city council is a Democrat.
I’m shocked SHOCKED that liberalism hasn’t led to success.
(also pulled an unneeded “t” from Mr. Lifson’s name)
“It’s idiotic to think that by destroying your city, you’re going to make life better for anybody,” Rawlings-Blake said.
(“Idiotic”? Ma’am, these are Democrat voters you’re talking about.)
and bazinga again
Liberals must blame “society,” despite the fact that the “publicly appointed guardians of order” answer to a “society” (i.e., the citizens of Baltimore) who in 2012 gave 87% of their votes to Barack Obama. Yet it is predictable that, to people whose politics is a simple devotion to (a) electing Democrats and (b) supporting liberal policies, the evidence of failure leaves them angry, confused and hunting for scapegoats. Democrats cannot be blamed, nor can the party’s most loyal constituents be held responsible, and the possibility that liberalism is itself the problem — well, no, thoughts like that never cross the mind of someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates. His worldview is completely fact-proof and immune to the influence of logical deduction.
This is the political gospel of modern liberalism: People who vote 87% Democrat are never to be blamed for anything they do wrong. And really, the liberal asks, isn’t “wrong” kind of a judgmental word when applied to the peace-loving citizens of Baltimore?