Soooo, Let Me Get This Straight. 29 People Were Shot In Three Days, So Let’s Block 395 To Protest A New Jail?

Featured — May 27, 2015 at 12:39 am by

There was a blood-bath in Baltimore this weekend.  29 people were shot, 9 fatally as the City continues to reel in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death and the subsequent riots that followed his passing.  Baltimore is a violent city during any normal calendar month, but May has been particularly brutal; there have been 35 murders so far this month, and that’s not counting any that happened today or any that may happen in the next five days.  My guess is that Harm City will top forty killings this month.  One murder a month is unacceptable, forty is a sign that Baltimore has descended into uncivilized chaos.

It’s obvious that Baltimore’s a mess.  The city resembles the Wild West in a lot of its neighborhoods, the Mayor is hated by everybody and she has ostracized her own police force, the city’s leadership is fragmented and weak, and the city’s reputation is in the shitter.  Throw in a lack of jobs, a booming illegal narcotics trade, and a bunch of broken-down schools, and you’ve got one big problem after another on your hands.

So what’s the response?  A bunch of people, evidently led by Reverend Jamal Bryant, blocked 395 for 45 minutes to protest the building of a new juvenile jail facility near the current Central Booking/Castle Dracula  facility.  This facility is being built because Baltimore is not in compliance with federal regulations that demand that juvenile prisoners be separated from the adult prison population.

As detailed in state documents, “A U.S. Department of Justice investigation found that the conditions in the current detention center facility do not provide adequate program or educational space for youth charged as adults and do not comply with sight and sound separation. This project will resolve those concerns and meet new standards.”

This facility is deemed necessary by common sense and federal mandate. (I know, those two things don’t often go together, but they do in this instance.)  Jamal Bryant and company don’t see things that way.  Instead they want the money slotted for the jail to go towards education.  And while it’s tough to argue with that line of thinking, it’ also tough to argue with the fact that this baby booking facility is necessary.  This city has a big crime problem, thirty-five murders in one calendar month proves that; and the criminals that are perpetrating these horrific crimes and holding entire neighborhoods hostage in the process need to be arrested and housed.   Anyone can agree that too many people in this country are incarcerated, but there are two simple solutions to that problem.  The first is overly simplistic, but to the point- stop committing crimes.  The second is to decriminalize narcotics possession, but that’s another blog.

In the meantime, blocking 395 and fucking every single human being that needs to get into the city on a Tuesday morning is the stupidest way to bring attention to your cause that I can think of.  It’s dangerous, it’s utterly annoying, and it drives people away from your viewpoint or your cause.  Not to mention, blocking traffic into Baltimore keeps folks from surgeries, doctor’s appointments, and other important appointments.  Bryant played a potentially dangerous game today on that interstate ramp into the city.

It’s also time for the city to stop pandering to protestors. Nobody likes a protest more than me, and it is our right as citizens, but it is not anyone’s right to block an inter-fucking-state.  Everyone protesting on that ramp should have been arrested this morning.  That’s what civil disobedience is, anyway.  You break the law in a civil manner, knowing that you are going to get arrested.  That’s how it works.  How people are pulling stunts like this and not getting arrested is beyond me.

Meanwhile, a march was organized last week in response to the huge spike in street violence that’s plaguing the city. Thirty people attended and the march barely got a peep out of the press.

It’s time for action.  Real action.  It’s time for the citizens of Baltimore to demand better.  It’s time for unified action.  Blocking 395 is divisive, dangerous, and nothing but an over the top Twitter and media photo-op.

 

This is just a guess and I have no basis for this, but Post-Riots, I’d bet that the City is flooded with drug product.  The pharmacies were cleaned out, and my guess is that the Bloods, the Crips, and the BGF sued for peace because their stash houses were getting raided, robbed, and burned.  Independent drug operators probably lost a ton of their product to the riots too.  Again, I have no basis for this, but I get the feeling this spike in violence is the fall-out from a flood of product on the streets.  Aren’t killings usually about drugs?  Isn’t it always drugs and money?  Of course it is, and in case you haven’t noticed lately, Baltimore really needs its police force.

The bottom line is that Baltimore needs to be running Baltimore again.  Right now criminals and protestors are running the city. The current leadership needs to go. The city needs jobs and the city needs to give massive tax breaks to manufacturers (and yes, more tax breaks to Pimlico Race Track) to get jobs here.  The city needs to build new schools with all that promised Horseshoe Casino money.  If stadiums can be built with taxpayer dollars and lottery dollars than schools can too.  It’s time for smart, simple, and common sense solutions that start at the community level. Is time to give a fuck when the cameras have left.

Back to what happened Tuesday, I’m not against protesting.  Protesting is as American as apple pie.   I’m just about common sense, and the 395 protest lacked common sense in a big way.

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10 Comments

  1. Are there any social media groups that are putting together a rally/protest to call for a more unified leadership in Baltimore? It seems that every neighborhood, group, and individual is disassociated from the other causing a lot of small complaints but no real presence to city hall. How can the unification of all the above mentioned happen?

  2. Are there any social media groups that are putting together a rally/protest to call for a more unified leadership in Baltimore? It seems that every neighborhood, group, and individual is disassociated from the other causing a lot of small complaints but no real presence to city hall. How can the unification of all the above mentioned happen?

  3. Are there any social media groups that are putting together a rally/protest to call for a more unified leadership in Baltimore? It seems that every neighborhood, group, and individual is disassociated from the other causing a lot of small complaints but no real presence to city hall. How can the unification of all the above mentioned happen?

  4. Hi. Don’t blame marginalized people using the only possible leverage they might have to oppose the prison industrial complex that unfairly targets them. Thanks.

    • “unfairly targets them” Nice. Everyone knows it’s white racists who are doing all the killing in Baltimore. I think the cops should pull out completely and put a 30′ fence around the city. Then the good people of Baltimore will develop a Utopian, happy, prosperous city! LAMO.

  5. Hi. Don’t blame marginalized people using the only possible leverage they might have to oppose the prison industrial complex that unfairly targets them. Thanks.

  6. Simply love the word “maginalized.” It doesn’t really mean anything, but it sounds so important.

    • “Maginalized” is not a word. If you meant “marginalized” – sorry that word does not mean anything to you. Maybe you should just be thankful that you’ve never been made to feel so insignificant and powerless.

    • “Maginalized” is not a word. If you meant “marginalized” – sorry that word does not mean anything to you. Maybe you should just be thankful that you’ve never been made to feel so insignificant and powerless.

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