Previously on SBPDL: A Letter by a White Baltimore Woman from 1917 vs. Spike Lee’s Rant Against Gentrification and 70% Black Baltimore vs. 77% White Portland, Oregon: Both Dominated By Elected Democrats, Why Did Baltimore Have 10x the Number of Homicides in 2018?
Once a world-class city, 70 percent black Baltimore is now a punchline. [Baltimore breaks city record for killings per capita in 2019, Associated Press, December 27, 2019]:
Baltimore broke its annual per capita homicide record after reaching 342 killings Friday.
With just over 600,000 residents, the city hit a historically high homicide rate of about 57 per 100,000 people after recent relentless gunfire saw eight people shot — three fatally — in one day and nine others — one fatally — another day.
The new rate eclipses that of 1993, when the city had a record 353 killings but was much more populous before years of population exodus.
By contrast, New York City, with more than 8 million residents, had 306 homicides through Dec. 15.
The total is up from 309 in 2018 and matches the 342 killings tallied in 2017 and 2015, the year when the city’s homicide rate suddenly spiked.
A statement from Baltimore police said officers were dispatched late Thursday night to a location on Pratt Street, where they found a man with gunshot wounds. A police spokesman said the man died from his wounds at a local hospital early Friday.
This is the fifth year in a row that Baltimore has reported more than 300 killings. Before 2015, that number had generally been on the decline, but it reversed after civil unrest followed the death in police custody of a young black man, Freddie Gray.
Reasons for the change vary and are subject to interpretation.
Many have accused police of taking a hands-off approach to crime-fighting since six of their own were charged in connection with Gray’s death. None of the officers was ultimately convicted.
Others have attributed it to the apparent free flow of illegal guns, the effects of a punishing opioid epidemic, social inequalities and a lack of decent jobs for many in disenfranchised neighborhoods. Some say political incompetence at City Hall also has contributed.
Last week, federal and local law enforcement officials unveiled another round of strategies to try to bring down violent crime. They include federal funding that can help pay for new police officers and a pilot program to fly three surveillance planes above the city during the months that historically have seen high rates of crime.
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.
With a homicide rate of 57 per 100,000, 70 percent black Baltimore is one of the most dangerous city’s in the entire world.
What’s interesting is back in 1920, Baltimore was 85 percent white and had a population of 733,826 people. The overall percentage of the population has dropped 18 percent in 100 years, with whites now roughly 24 percent of the population.
The decline of whites in Baltimore would have you believe a war was lost, with the radical racial replacement in the city indicating a conquered people (of course, white people are still blamed for all the problems blacks create in the city, even though elected black officials/appointed black officials in public office control the city).
But here’s the kicker: back in 1921, when whites politically controlled the city of Baltimore and represented 85 percent of the population, there was a far different homicide rate: 11.3 per 100,000 people.
What might these numbers showcase? We’ll let you come to any conclusions…