Archive for April, 2015

Baltimore Riots

Posted: April 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

I have no idea what it is like to grow up a poor black child, I grew up a poor white boy, but that is another post for another day.

I am old enough to remember Jim Crow laws. I am old enough to remember segregation. I know there are some things in our country’s past that are problematic and nothing of which to be proud.  I also know we have come a long way and I am proud of that.

We have a black President and a black attorney general (who is replacing another black attorney general). We have had a black Secretary of State. We have, indeed, made progress.

A quick search on the internet will show that four of the last five mayors of Baltimore have been black, and the current mayor is a black female. With all of this, the rioters are still talking about “institutional racism”.

As I said, I have no idea what it is like to grow up a poor black child, especially an intercity poor black child. They may, indeed, believe that there is institutional racism. They are angry at the system and are angry at the police. Looking through those glasses, burning police cars makes sense. I am not condoning that behavior, but, in that context it makes sense.

Being angry at the system, however, has absolutely no connection to burning down the local CVS, burning down a local pizzeria, burning down a local wig shop, or looting the liquor store and the clothing stores. That is insane.