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The Deep, Troubling Roots of Baltimore’s Decline


The Deep, Troubling Roots of Baltimore’s Decline

Jamelle Bouie

BALTIMORE—“We want people to register to vote, because that’s where the change is made,” said State Sen. Catherine Pugh, standing near the smoldering remains of the CVS on North Avenue, and handing voter registration forms to anyone who caught her eye.


• The article on the “deep troubling roots” of Baltimore’s social situation begins with this quote of a public official offering to seek solutions.
“We want people to register to vote, because that’s where the change is made,” said State Sen. Catherine Pugh.
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Indeed, that’s where Change SHOULD & COULD be made. But that “dreamscape” has little to do with today’s Realities. We as a People will get nowhere until we acknowledge that, and come together as informed communities, to find our commonalities and our own solutions, as it was once intended.
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Wanting people to become voters and get their feedback might be laudable, but under these dire circumstances of abuse of authority and lack of reason and respect for the population, to tell the Public “that’s where the change is made,” only deepens the deception about the origins and solutions to the severe disruption to civil society, because it furthers the false premises that
• the electral process is open and free,
• the results of elections are fully respected
• that laws and other major decisions are largely made by those “elected”
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I’d say that a deep and large portion of the “deep and troubling roots” is the now institutionalized LACK of true democracy being practiced not only in Baltimore, but clear across the nation. If this does not directly contribute to serious divisive social issues, it prevents any on-going Peoples’ involvment in seeking solutions and adds to the growing authoritarianism that in effect rules the nation today. Non-elected big money institutions instigate and decide all too many issues, create self-regulation, determine even foreign policy while a numbed and dumbed body of citizens watch the show largely helplessly — if they are not too occupied with sports spectacles or ironically-named “Reality” Shows. The public anger we hear so much about is largely a result of frustrated impotence in the face of insolence that frequently includes life and death issues for citizens.
Increasing citizen involvement cannot occur without addressing the structure of governmental decision-making and the many distortions (like SCOTUS’ Citizens United) that intentionally hack away at our Constitution and the rights it was supposed to enshrine and protect.
• And since our citizens cannot actively influence our policies in any effective ways, they are considered marginalized from the process by Those In Power, and are seen as only getting “in the way”. THAT attitude leads to the call for Behavior Control in the form of militarized police violence, among other measures. The very opposite of much-touted Freedom, and it puts the “mock” into Democracy.
VOTES — alone —without addressing these developments, are but the public spectacle portion of the Big Control Game, designed to entertain and distract … but to influence … nothing.


Precisely, advocate22.

History has serially demonstrated that racism increases when income and resource inequality increase and vice versa.
Legislation that decreased racism and improved the quality of life for minorities was relatively easy to achieve from 1945-1975 when economic conditions for the middle class were improving and the uber wealthy could afford to buy only a few politicians.

Forty years of decriminalizing corporate crime, cutting taxes on the uber wealthy thereby enabling them to purchase nearly all politicians has put the US middle class in an unending downward spiral that assures racism will continue to worsen, not improve.

I recently heard Obama tell us how racism and income in equality were so important as he ran off to a bankster meeting where he assured the banksters that TTP and TTIP were done deal. TTP and TTIP will exacerbate racism and income inequality.


TO: raydelcamino–
I am afraid you’re right about this.


Noting the direction pointed by this article, that “it is all caused by racism,”
Perhaps someone here will answer this question:
People from around the world come to America, even to neighborhoods such as these. They are poorer than the Blacks living in those neighborhoods, yet they manage to move up.
Shouldn’t it embarrass people like author Jamelle Bouie that Nigerian-Americans, Somali-Americans, Ethiopian-Americans, etc. are doing better than Blacks resident in these neighborhoods?

And, BTW, haven’t you noticed that so-black Watts Los Angeles that burned in the 1960s is now about 50-50 Hispanic?