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    Posted April 30, 2015 by
    columbus, Ohio
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    Baltimore: Why is everyone afraid to have the conversation that needs to be had: Baltimore: Black Mayor, Black Police Commissioner, Black CEO of city schools, Black city council people, black senators and congress people. The question that needs to be asked: To each elected or appointed official: What have you done for district 7 or w.Baltimore? List 5 things you have done since 2012 for residents of W.Baltimore? The disenfranchisement is more intra-racial than inter-racial.

    Go to Baltimore Board of Elections website and look at the past and most recent elections and polls by districts. Look at district 7 what do you see? Maybe this is a hint why there are no pools, not sports complexes, no parks, blighted areas, no jobs, etc. Again, we all hear how politicians seem to know the problems and misdirect the issues away from themselves. But what have each elected official done since 2012, have them list them, one by one, and what they did for this specific neighborhood. How many jobs did they bring? Name the jobs? What are the statistics from the City Schools? What pools and parks have they funded, name them and when? What clean up and restoration of the houses in W. Baltimore did they bring funding in, name them, dates? I believe you will find, if and when the courage is found to have a "real conversation" about the problems plaguing Baltimore, Atlanta, Columbus Ohio, and other places is similar. The lack of funding, lack of support, lack of basic caring, occurs more intra-racially then inter-racially. The police incidents are a catalyst for the problems and quickly accepted as community issues, because it's easier to accept historically a racial divide. But what are we labeling black elected officials abandoning their constituents and or residents of their districts? Remember to review the Baltimore Board of Elections website and look at W.Baltimore voters and polling places, Did anyone from this district even vote? This may explain the current conditions, issues, but more than all, justifies asking and or having the conversation "which everyone is afraid to have". The real conversation is not racially charged, it's the opposite, it's and explanation of what those elected, promising and NOT doing.
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