If you’ve read The City that Bleeds: Race, History, and the Death of Baltimore, you know blacks in Baltimore carefully protect their city by using black criminality to keep out white people (stopping gentrification) from ever being a demographic threat to run things again.
As whites trickle back into a city their ancestors previously fled (Baltimore was nearly 90 percent white in 1919), they demand better services from the government their taxes support. In a city dominated by black elected officials, such as Baltimore, the key aspect of the demographic supremacy of blacks is an out-of-control, unresponsive government which maintains the black majority.
Meanwhile, the out-of-control black violence in Baltimore is destroying what’s left of western civilization in the city, with the few remaining vestiges of a high culture on life support. [Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Suddenly Cancels Summer Season, NPR, May 31, 2019]:
In a surprising announcement Thursday, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra abruptly cancelled its summer 2019 lineup of concerts.
The orchestra, which is in the midst of contract negotiations with its musicians, has struggled financially in the past decade, losing more than $16 million, according to The Baltimore Sun. “We are making a decision that is necessary to preserve the Baltimore Symphony,” Peter Kjome, the orchestra’s CEO, told the newspaper.
The BSO musicians have been playing without a contract since January, when their 4-month extension expired. Last September, orchestra management proposed shortening the season from 52 weeks to 40 in order to stanch fiscal losses. The musicians would be paid for fewer weeks in summer and vacation would be cut from nine weeks to four.
“When you change an orchestra from 52 weeks to 40, and cut pay by that much, it’s going to change the kind of players who come here,” Brian Prechtl, percussionist and co-chairman of the BSO players said at the time. “Some great players will leave.”
The decision to eliminate the summer series arrived less than a week after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan approved $3.2 million in state funding for the BSO and only weeks after the summer season was announced. The programming included a July 4 concert, a BSO performance at Artscape and music director Marin Alsop‘s high profile – and highly anticipated – New Music Festival, which focused on women composers.
The racial changes in Baltimore are reflected in this cancellation, as the state of Maryland was subsidizing this lingering outpost of civility now on the verge of extinction. Regression to the African Mean, we call it.
And why, oh why, might the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra be cancelling its 2019 summer lineup?
There’s a strong correlation to this story, a reminder Midnight Basketball has all but failed. [Baltimore mayor proposes public boxing rings to reduce violence, WBALTV, June 3, 2019]:
In a violent weekend for Baltimore City, police responded to a deadly stabbing and eight shootings. Police said 11 people were injured and two men were killed, including a 17-year-old.
City leaders are now saying it’s time to try different tactics to reduce violence.
Mayor Jack Young said he’s considering having people solve their issues in a boxing match.
“Gun violence has been plaguing this city for the last 10 years. The murder rate in this city and non-fatal shootings have increased. I’m not happy with it and neither should the citizens of Baltimore,” Young said.
Young, along with City States Attorney Marilyn Mosby, attended a National Gun Violence Awareness Day event, connecting youth with resources, such as jobs, in an attempt to encourage them not to pick up a gun.
“Frederick Douglas said it best. It’s easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men, and so we have to focus on our babies before it’s too late,” Mosby said.
Police said five people were injured on Saturday in three separate shootings. One of the victims is in critical condition.
There were four additional shootings Saturday night into Sunday morning. One left a 17-year-old boy dead and a woman recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Four other men were shot in separate shootings.
Young, who lost his nephew to gun violence, said he’s thinking of new ways to help reduce crime.
“If they want to really settle them, we can have them down at the civic center, put a boxing ring up and let them go and box it out. Those kinds of things, you know, and the best man wins and the beef should be over. Those are some of the things I’m thinking about,” Young said.
Mosby said it’s going to take a collective effort.
“It’s going to take all of us to change what’s happening and we can’t just count on the police. We can’t just look to my office. We can’t just look to leadership in City Hall. The biggest and most important stakeholder in all of this is the community,” Mosby said.
Mosby went on to discuss how important it is to reach young people before they get in the criminal justice system.
The mayor says more money is needed for the relocation program to protect witnesses who do come forward with information on crimes.
There are so many jokes one could tell from this story, but then you remember our ancestors tried to protect us from this problem with restrictive covenants and sundown laws.
And now black leaders in 2019, 100 years removed from Baltimore being a world-class city, are arguing for boxing rings to be set up around the city to try and stop black people from shooting/killing each other.
Who’s going to ring the bell?