What do you notice about the differences between 70 percent black Baltimore and 77 percent white Portland, Oregon?
If you’ve read The City that Bleeds: Race, History, and the Death of Baltimore (and if you haven’t, get it here now!), you know the truth about Baltimore our elite have spent more than half a century trying to explain away as the fault of pernicious white people and their insidious redlining, systemic racism, and racial criminal justice system.
But what happens when you compare the city of Baltimore to another American city dominated by a Democrat-controlled government, albeit one of a different racial hue? Recall, in 2009, the Oregon Live lamented how Portland, “with its overwhelmingly white population and leadership — is demographically out of step with 2009 America.”
No one has ever questioned if Baltimore’s majority black population and almost entirely black elected/appointed officials is out of step with America in 2019, because it’s axiomatic such a diverse, vibrant population is America’s Great Strength.
Well, okay, a white female reporter did question if it was time to try something else, but she was promptly removed from polite society for daring to question our commanding, domineering egalitarian norms.
Deviate from the accepted script on the disaster of 2019 Baltimore (blame some cocktail of white privilege, white flight, discrimination and lack of capital investment and you’ll be fine!) and promptly find yourself quieted with devastating finality.
But here’s the tale of the tape:
- Baltimore has a population of 619,000 people. Its 70 percent black and 25 percent white. There were 309 homicides in 2018, meaning Baltimore had 53 homicides per 100,000 citizens. The city has had a Democrat mayor for 52 straight years.
- Portland has a population of 647,000 people. Its 77 percent white and six percent black. There were 29 homicides in 2018, meaning Portland had 3.4 homicides per 100,000 citizens. The city has had a Democrat mayor for 39 straight years.
So why is Portland so devoid of homicides, when it is dominated by Democrats (mind you, white Democrats who are probably more anti-white than the blacks in Baltimore)?
Can we blame the carnage in Baltimore on Democrats when the same cruel fate of electoral control by the same party in Portland hasn’t resulted in the daily bloodshed as found in The Charm City/The City That Reads/The Greatest City in America?
It comes down to a simple, four letter word.