(Originally posted 2015-04-29, in the midst of the Freddie Gray riots.)
… if you’ve never lived here, if you’ve never worked here …
Now that Baltimore is the center of national media attention, an endless string of celebrities and celebrity-wannabes can’t wait to come here and get their share of the limelight …
… at our expense.
I’ll name no names. I don’t want to any further publicize those who only want publicity. Y’all know who they are.
Some have come already. That played a role in Saturday night’s mayhem.
Let me say this again: That played a role in Saturday night’s mayhem.
I have posts already slated for 05/18 and 05/25 discussing current Baltimore events. And I note therein that the interlopers bring messages to the vulnerable among us, that no responsible Baltimorean — no one with any accountability to our people — would bring. Enough of them hand potential criminals rationalizations for criminal behavior.
That won’t solve our problems.
Neither will anything else these drive-by grandstanders will do.
What, will you solve our problems for us?
Will you wave your magic wand, and bring us living-wage jobs?
Will you say “Abra cadabra,” and lo, we’ll have affordable housing?
Will you encourage our children to succeed in school?
Will you eliminate racism? Note, I didn’t say “denounce,” I said “eliminate.” Denouncing the poop on the stoop, or the brown smear on the shower bench, won’t eliminate it. In my calculation, eliminating racism requires a willingness to get one’s hands dirty in a way the politically correct have never yet accepted.
Yes, for certain, when the limelight moves to some other city, you will move on with it. Please do us a favor: don’t wait for it to move. Move on; move on NOW.