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 calling them in for dinner.
All malls were closed on Sunday. Back then there was the Blue Law that kept malls closed on Sundays so Sundays was family time. Cookout playing ball Sunday dinners family activities picnics at Druid Hill Park eating crabs drinking Natty Boh beer watching Orioles and Colts games at 33rd Street Memorial Stadium and the city fair that’s the Charm City I grew up in. 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.
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 cops who falsify evidence sending innocent individuals to jail and ruining people’s lives.
The prison system has become a big businesses in America today and the majority of people in prison are minorities. Only in America can you have an establishment that was built for housing criminals turned into a lucrative business using cheap labor for profit.
People outside of Baltimore given their opinion about the Freddie gray incident many of them saying if Freddie gray was innocent why would he run. Many of them failing to realize how corrupt the Baltimore police department really is. When you come face to face with the devil are you going to stand there smiling at him or are you going to get the hell away from him as soon as possible. This is what minorities deal with every day in Baltimore.
Baltimore has become a violent city brought down by drugs poverty the lack of good jobs in the city. Throw into the mix corrupt politicians an unfair justice system to go along with a grossly miss manage school system add a failing subway system with 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 politicians to the justice system and citizens as well. Baltimore problem didn’t happen overnight it’s been a long process of corruption mismanagement of money bad cops and blatant lies.
Where is all the money from the casinos and the Maryland State Lottery that was supposed to help Baltimore city schools system somebody should be sitting under the jail right now for that lie. Each and every time something goes wrong in Baltimore we should be right there in front of city hall protesting and having your voices heard waiting for an answer but for some that seems like a daunting task. To change Baltimore image it starts with us we just can’t afford to play the victim anymore not when our children’s futures depend on it.