The Glover Report: Blacks, Whites and Politics in Baltimore: Power Over What?

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“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” … – Sun Tzu

By Doni Glover, Publisher

(BALTIMORE – April 18, 2018) – White people have the privilege of being whatever they want in America, i.e. Democrat or Republican. And nobody says a word. However, black people are expected and urged to be primarily loyal to the Democratic Party. The question is: Is the Democratic Party effectively serving our best interests or is it merely pimping us to no end?

I’ll never forget the day that Martin O’Malley told me that his father was a Republican. It only reiterated what I already knew: that Black people have no choice. We are loyal to a party for historical purposes, but yet we cannot make any demands of substance to help empower our community. Sure, we get a bone every now and then, like new school construction money … supposedly. But then, when you look at these new schools in this majority African American city of Baltimore, you see these schools strategically benefitting white kids.

There is no plan by the plethora of black elected officials to improve our neighborhoods. Instead, drug sales are as rampant as vacant houses. It seems as though the powers that be are waiting for us to kill each other, overdose on Fentanyl, or simply move to the ‘burbs.

The 1700 block of Bradford Street in Historic East Baltimore has three residents living on it. The rest of the houses are abandoned. It is a crying shame. At the same time, head ten blocks to the south and everything around Johns Hopkins Hospital looks like another world.

As the list of Democratic gubernatorial candidates for Governor of Maryland proceed forth in what is already an interesting battle, let me say for the record that the last thing I want to hear from my fellow Democrats is how “we” have to unite to fight the incumbent, Gov. Larry Hogan.

At an early gubernatorial forum for the Democrats a couple of months back at War Memorial Plaza, Congressman Elijah Cummings’ wife, a woman with no relevance in Baltimore history, attempted to tell the audience why we have to do just that.

However, she failed to mention the problems within the party. I have a problem with you telling me how bad the other guy is without accepting responsibility for your own failures. Baltimore is 9-to-1 Democrat. The State of Maryland is 2-to-1 Democrat. Hence, when I look at the 1700 block of Bradford Street – a block from my childhood home and the site of my family’s business back in the late 60s, there is absolutely nothing that her rhetoric can change.

In short, Democrats have failed Baltimore. Philosophically, we, Democrats, lack in business acumen. We pretend to love black people at election time, but generally treat the people of the darker hue like a side piece, at best.

How can I love a party that has failed my people consistently? How can I ignore the 1700 block of Bradford Street, a strip that has not been touched in my nearly 53 years of living? And if I do give the Maryland Democratic Party credibility, does that not mean I am a fool?

More than a side piece, black people are the abused chick in the relationship who keeps going back to this unruly dude, hoping he will change his stellar track record of abuse. Clearly, he will not. And the Democratic Party will not, either. It will continue to be the bane of our existence unless we begin to make some changes.

There is nothing a long-term black elected official can tell me about progress for black people, especially since the age of Martin O’Malley. And I do not blame him. I blame us and I blame failed black leaders who are more consumed with themselves than they are with the condition and progress of the people.

Brother Bey always reminds me of the words of Malcolm X: “You can’t serve the people if you do not love the people.“

So, no, I do not need Elijah Cummings’ wife to come to Baltimore to poorly attempt to articulate the problems. I know the problems, and they include sell-out politicians who have failed to deliver. After all, parts of East and West Baltimore look like bombs exploded.

Right now, there are 13 high schools in Baltimore where not one student is proficient in math. Do you hear any outrage? Do you hear anyone calling for an investigation of Baltimore City Public Schools or mass rallies?

A few months back, Baltimore public school students were in the national news as kids in Baltimore classrooms were dressed like they were about to climb Mt. Everest. There was no heat. Icicles were hanging from the windows in a dismal display of love and concern for our babies. Again, where is the outrage?

Between the Democrats and the flawed, skewed media in Baltimore, lies are being told to protect the guilty. And personally, ladies and gentlemen, I am sick of it.

No, this is not a plug for the Republicans. This is a question for the Democrats here in Maryland: When are you going to live up to your word because in my lifetime, it has meant absolutely nothing, including the Zero Tolerance police practices of Maryland Wonder Boy, Mayor-Governor-Presidential flop O’Malley. People are still trying to get charges from his era in Baltimore expunged. (Thanks a lot, dude!)

The problem with Democrats in Baltimore and in Maryland is that there are no checks and balances. Things are out of control, and because black elected officials have no loyalty to the people, the people continue to be neglected. And the preachers, generally speaking, are sterile in their effectiveness. The black clergy’s silence is deafening.

How else does one explain Congressman Robert Ehrlich and Michael Steele, both Republicans, trouncing Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Admiral Charles R. Larson, an overnight Democrat, in 2002? The Republicans in Maryland gave us our first black statewide Lieutenant Governor.

Then-Governor Ehrlich went on to dump money into Coppin State like no other elected official in Maryland history. Today, Coppin looks like a bona fide institution of higher learning. But, wait. Why didn’t Democrats see the same value in blessing Coppin?

I could go on and on, but I won’t. The current state of affairs in Baltimore City is heartbreaking. Meanwhile, our beloved black Democrats go around with a false sense of power … while their people, including a troubled youth generation, have been thrown completely under the bus. I ask, power over what?