February is Black History Month. I still haven’t figured out why it’s not racist to have to have a Black History Month, but it is racist for anyone to suggest having a White History Month.
The Black History Month celebrations in Baltimore seemed to be going well until a white female by the name of Tracey Halvorsen wrote an article about how she and her white neighbors live in fear everyday due to the rampant crime in their area. Her article: Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart. was posted on Medium.com about a week ago and she writes about how she is growing to hate living in Baltimore.
In her article she writes:
“I’m tired of hearing about 12 year old girls being held up at gun-point while they walk to school.”
“I’m tired of living in a major crime zone while paying the highest property taxes in the state.”
“I’m tired of reading about juveniles arrested for violent crimes who are let go because if it’s not a ‘murder’ case, there’s no time to worry about it, or resources to deal with it”.
“I’m tired of checking in on neighbor and Baltimore Sun editor Jon Fogg’s Go Fund Me page to see if his family has met their goal to raise funds to help him recover from the brutal attack he suffered as he went from his car to his front door after work.”
“I’m tired of being looked at like prey.”
“I’m tired of being surrounded by drug addicts.”
“I’m tired of answering the question, ‘Is Baltimore really like The Wire?’ Answer: ‘Yeah it’s a complete s***-hole war zone depending on what street you turn down”.
“I’m tired of looking at 11 year olds as potential thieves, muggers and murderers on my walk home from the office.”
“I’m tired of living next to a beautiful park that I’m scared to walk into at any time of day, thanks to regular stories of day-time muggings, drug dealing and gang violence.”
“I’m tired of doing the mental checklist of what I will do if I hear someone break into my house.”
“I’m tired of watching the murder count go up and up like a lottery pool.”
“I’m tired of thinking about neighbor Zach Sowers, beat to death by a pack of kids outside his Canton home several years ago, completely unprovoked.”
“I’m tired of thinking about the horrifying final moments for 51 year old neighbor, Kim Leto, stabbed to death in her own home by two teenagers.”
“I’m tired of wondering why city leaders haven’t said shit about recent horrific murders committed in what I used to consider ‘safe’ neighborhoods.”
What does this have to do with Black History Month? According to the 2010 Census, 63.7% of Baltimore’s 620,961 residents are black. Whites make up 29.6%. Baltimore has a Democratic black mayor and a 100% Democratic city council, made up of both blacks and whites.
With having such a high percentage of blacks living in city, Black History Month is a big deal in Baltimore. It’s celebrated in the public schools, churches and many civic activities. They celebrate everything black including black trains. The only thing black they are not celebrating are the crimes committed by blacks often on other blacks.
Reading Halvorsen’s article, being a white woman in her area of town probably makes her feel like a gazelle facing a pride of hungry lions. She didn’t come right out and say it’s because of the high concentration of blacks, but she surely indicated it in her writing. And she is justified to question the inactions of the mayor, town council and city officials in doing anything about it.
With Obama in the White House and Holder heading the DOJ, blacks have become bolder in their attacks on each other and on whites. They feel that they are less likely to be charged of a crime now than six years ago. If they are charged with a crime, it won’t have anything to do with race or being a hate crime.
However, if ethnicities were reversed and Baltimore was predominately white and Halvorsen was writing as a black woman, people like Al Sharpton and the NAACP would be screaming about racist hate crimes. The disparity between skin color and hate crimes is growing wider than the Grand Canyon and our current administration has contributed to that growing chasm.