Baltimore A.K.A Charm City
An article came out a couple of weeks ago from USA Today name Baltimore the most dangerous city in the nation. Now this is not the Baltimore that I remember growing up. I remember Saturday mornings people washing down their stairs and sidewalks. The whole family cleaning their homes and yards showing pride in their neighborhood. Kid’s having fun running through water from the fire hydrant or playing ball until their parents call them in for dinner. Summer time having great memories like summer camp swimming at liberty elementary pool or wrestling in the front yard with homemade wrestling Belts.
On Sundays all malls were closed. Back then there was the Blue Law that kept the malls closed on Sundays so Sundays was family time. Cookout, playing ball, Sunday dinners, family activities, picnics at Dru Hill Park eating crabs Natty Boh beer, watching Orioles and Colts games at 33rd Street Memorial Stadium the city fair that’s the Charm City I grew up with. Some of my fondest recollections were taking rides with my dad on Super Sunday where you can ride all day for 75-cents that how I learned how to get around the city.
But just like super Sundays are long gone so is that period in time in Baltimore. It’s quite different and much darker times in Charm City. I guess those times left when the colts went to Indianapolis.
A city in crisis
Now fast forward to 2017 where Baltimore homicide rate was higher than it ever been 343 murders. You also have to mention the corrupt and renegade cops who falsify evidence sending innocent individuals to jail and ruining people’s lives.
The prison system has become a lucrative businesses in America today and the majority of people in prison are minorities. Only in America can you have an establishment that was built to house criminals and you have turned this into a profitable business using cheap labor and paying them well below minimum wage.
I remember people outside of Baltimore given their opinion about the Freddie gray incident many of them saying if Freddie gray was innocent why did he run. When you fear for your life and you come face to face with the devil are you going to stand there smiling at him, or are you going to get away from him soon as possible, this is what minorities deal with every day in Baltimore.
Baltimore has become a violent city. A city brought down by drugs, poverty, the lack of good jobs in the inner city, angry and hurt people with no glimmer of hope for the future add some bad cops put them next to lying corrupt politicians, don’t forget an unfair justice system to go along with a grossly miss managed school system throw-in a failing subway system into the mix and last but not least a high murder rate. And this makes Baltimore a Far Cry from its nickname Charm City.
Who’s to blame
Who’s to blame for Baltimore being the way it is today I think everyone has a part in it from the politicians to the Justice System and everyday citizens as well.
Baltimore just didn’t change overnight it’s been a long process of corruption mismanagement of money denial and blatant lies. I wrote earlier about corrupt cops but all cops are not corrupt there are some good cops but when you sit idly by and watch crime happen but don’t do nothing that makes you just as guilty as the corrupt cops.
As for the politicians where’s all the money from the Maryland State Lottery that was going to help fund Baltimore city schools as well as the money from the casinos. Somebody should be sitting under the jail right now for that lie.
Citizens of Baltimore we can’t keep crying foul when things go wrong or writing an angry post on Facebook and Twitter about situations.
Each and every time something goes wrong in Baltimore we should be right there in front of city hall waiting to protest and have your voices heard but for some that seems like a daunting task. It starts with us and we just can’t afford to play the victim anymore not when I children’s Futures depend on it.