The city of Baltimore has had a pretty rough century, and any Baltimore resident can attest to the danger lurking in many parts of the crumbling city. However, Baltimore has not always been a metropolis of crime and decay. In the 18th century, the Baltimore area was a hotspot for sugar-producing colonies, which quickly proved to benefit the English city through the cultivation and cane and importation of food. In 1774 and 1792, Baltimore would boast the first post office system and first chartered water company in the States, respectively. In 1827, President John Quincy Adams would visit the prominent Marylandian area and offer the following toast: “Baltimore: the Monumental City—May the days of her safety be as prosperous and happy, as the days of her dangers have been trying and triumphant.”
Unfortunately, Adams’s toast has clearly fallen upon deaf ears. Approximately 70 years later, the dreadful Great Baltimore Fire would rip through the city, destroying 1,500 buildings and wreaking around $150 million dollars (in 1904!). From 1950 to 1970, the black population of Baltimore would double from 23.8% to 46.4%, and in 2000, over 64% of the population of Baltimore would identify as African American. The massive influx of a black populace to the city of Baltimore would soon prove to have devastating effects on the historically prized area.
After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the infamous Baltimore riot of 1968 broke loose, killing six, injuring 700, setting 1,200 fires, resulting in the robbery of 1,000 small business, and leading to the eventual arrest of 5,800 mostly black men and women (source). Between 1950 and 1990, Baltimore’s population declined by more than 200,000, yet the black population nearly tripled over that course of time. Today, approximately 1 in every 65 Baltimoreans are the victims of violent crime, and that statistic has not budged for the last five years.
What is the cause of Baltimore’s devastating decline? Historically, there is a correlation between the migration of black Americans to Baltimore and the skyrocketing crime rates we see today. The advent of the Black Lives Matter movement has only left the city worse off than before. In June 2015, Baltimore was ranked number one in United States, surpassing cities such as New Orleans, St. Louis, and Detroit. Despite having only a tenth of the population of New York, Baltimore has the highest per capita homicide rate out of the cities of New Orleans, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York, as of 2017.
Even leftists have recognized the correlation between an overwhelming black presence in Baltimore and the economic, infrastructural decay of Maryland’s city. The International Communist League attributed the looting and destruction in Baltimore to the notion that “black people are being pushed beyond the limit—terrorized by cops and the courts, deprived of any kind of job, denied decent education and housing.” Many professors, articles, and commentators have defended the actions of black Baltimoreans by justifying them on the basis of historical oppression. President Obama took it upon himself to remind us that the mayhem being witnessed was “fueled” by the fact that “some communities” have been “unfairly targeted by police” in this intractably racist land.
The world is fully aware that Baltimore has been destroyed by the reaction of its black population to trivial matters. Freddie Gray, who died while in the custody of Baltimore police on April 19th, 2015 (likely to his own atrocious behavior), providing substantial kindling for the radical movement, has not left the minds of Baltimoreans. And evidently, there is no amount of reparations or justice that can be satisfy the demands of an outraged black populace.
The results are in, and black people have ruined Baltimore