The violence erupting in Baltimore is not about the death of Freddie Gray. The riots ignited by Gray’s unexplained death while in police custody is the symptom of a larger disease: failed progressive policies.
Baltimore, like most troubled urban areas, had been under Democratic control for years. Progressive rule for the predominately black city residents has resulted in high unemployment rates, low incomes and high crime.
According to the U.S. Census, Baltimore city is 63% black with an unemployment rate of 8.4% (February 2015), and the median income is about $41,000, much lower than the state median income of about $73,000.
Democrat Elijah Cummings, for instance, has represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 20 years and his progressive policies have harmed his constituents.
One example of Cummings’ misguided progressive policies is his focus on climate change. Sadly for Baltimore residents, Cummings believes climate change is one of the biggest risks facing the nation:
In 2009, Cummings voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act – the cap-and-trade bill that President Obama said would make electricity bills “skyrocket.” And in 2013 Cummings wrote to Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, urging him to hold hearings on climate change. Said Cummings:
Although some may continue to disregard the science, this report warns that climate change is real, it is here now, and the economic consequences to our nation will be catastrophic if Congress ignores it any longer.
So there you have it. Cummings is worried about climate change and not high unemployment or the high rate of black-on-black crime in Baltimore.
In Baltimore, 90% of homicide victims were black and 90% of the suspects were black.
The reality is regulations aimed at addressing climate change is going to make life worse for blacks by raising energy prices and decreasing job opportunities.
The biggest risk to Baltimore is not climate change but politicians such as Cummings who back polices that harms black Americans.
Cross-posted at DeneenBorelli.com