The mayor who lost control of her city
Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake has become known as they mayor who let Baltimore burn. She is serving as the 49th mayor of Baltimore. She also serves as secretary of the Democratic National Committee. Rawlings-Blake has been politically involved since the early 90s. She first served as the Annapolis lobbyist for the Young Democrats of Maryland.
Rawlings-Blake graduated from Western High School in 1988 and graduated at Oberlin College, majoring in political science, where she cemented her belief in serving her community. After graduating at Oberlin, she then attended University of Maryland’s school of Law. In 1995 she became the youngest to ever be elected to the City Council at the age of 25. Mayor Rawlings-Blake claims she lowered the homicide rate but is still 3.7 times higher than the national average. This figure includes astronomical rates of murder (6.6 times the national average), rape (twice the national average), robbery (4.8 times the national average), and assault (3.2 times the national average).
She touts her successful reforms of the school system in regards to academic achievement and accountability; however, students throughout the great city of Baltimore perform near the bottom on the National assessment of Educational Progress. In 2013, the NAEP revealed that only 14% of fourth-graders and 16% of its eight-graders were proficient at reading; while the proficiency figures for the same grades in math were 19% and 13%. But just as these high taxes have failed to buy a decent education for Baltimore’s schoolchildren, so have they failed to cover the costs of runaway government spending under a long succession of fiscally irresponsible Democrats in high office.
As Baltimore’s social, economic, and educational problems continue to plague the city, Baltimore’s population has decline from 939,000 in 1960 to just 622,000 today, resulting in 47,000 abandoned houses and 16,000 vacant buildings which line the city’s landscape.
Now she is facing the Baltimore riots, you would expect her to call for peace and an end to the riots. However she comes out and says that her administration should give “those who wished to destroy” the “space” to do so. Her comments on Saturday generated an intense firestorm of criticism and faced questions whether she was successful in balancing freedom to protest and safety of the community. Rawlings-Blake released a statement claiming her comments were taken out of context.
Taken in context, I explained that, in giving peaceful demonstrators room to share their message, unfortunately, those who were seeking to incite violence also had space to operate,” Rawlings-Blake said, in a statement posted on her Facebook page. “I want to clarify — I did not instruct police to give space to protesters who were seeking to create violence or destruction of property.”
Rawlings-Blake has begun working closely with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan who on Monday ordered the National Guard to Baltimore. “My resolve remains strong. We will not let our city continue to devolve into chaos at the hands of thugs,” she said, late on Monday. “Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who, in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.”Along will supporting the protesters desire to destroy the city, she thanked both ISIS and Nation of Islam for their support. She has remained silent on explaining why she thanked them when they are a threat to the United States. It’s not accidental, it’s not a mistake – nor is it coincidental. It is a well scripted “social jihad.”