13 Things to Blame for the Baltimore Riots

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Whenever something goes wrong, we as a species look to blame someone for it. In the ancient days, when we were mere cave-dwellers, if the fire went out we would rail against the fire-keeper, against the wind, against the rain, against the wood-gatherer, against ... against whomever we could. When we ran out of all possible earthly culprits, we invented unearthly gods to blame.

And so it is with the Baltimore riots. There is no shortage of blameworthy causes. So I have collected 13 things or persons or programs responsible for the riots there. This is not to say that these are the only causes; obviously there are hundreds of reasons for the discontent, misery and hopelessness in that city as well as in other urban areas throughout the country. It should be emphasized that none of what I catalog here can excuse the rioting and looting by savages and thugs who are after all the first people to blame for the violence.

I am going to ignore the admonition at Matthew 7:1-5 - "Judge not, that ye be not judged." So I ask my readers to add other things to blame in the comment section. Tell me who, or what, is really to blame for the riots in Baltimore.

  1. I take the view that it is the War on Poverty mainly at fault. It contributes to the unemployment, the dissolution of family structure, unwed mothers, too many babies, and the lack of incentive to escape the dependence on welfare. Source: Planck's Constant.

  2. Obama would have us believe it's the Republicans for refusing to fund programs in the inner cities. Source: Hot Air.

  3. Donald Trump, however, took to Twitter to say it's Obama's fault. USNews.

  4. Our newly minted U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says it is police racism. Source: Newsmax.

  5. Conor Lynch at Salon.com blames the War on Drugs.

    Then there’s the matter of America’s disastrous War on Drugs. It is no secret that this misguided battle has resulted in skyrocketing incarceration rates across the country, the disproportionate majority being black males. America has spent more than $1 trillion on this war. In 2013, 1.5 million people were arrested on nonviolent drug charges, the vast majority of them for possession rather than distribution. Fifty-seven percent of these people were black or Latino, even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates as white people and make up minorities of the U.S. population.

    In Baltimore, this war has hit the community hard. In 2013, for example, it was reported that Maryland had the fourth highest rate of arrest for marijuana possession, and the state spent over $100 million enforcing its possession laws in 2010. In Baltimore, black people were five times as likely to be arrested as whites. This reality was perhaps most famously depicted in the HBO television show “The Wire.” In response to the current strife in Baltimore, the creator of that series, David Simon, has said that the War on Drugs must end to turn this around.

  6. Charles Krauthammer thinks the Baltimore public school system must shoulder much of the blame for the violence. Source: Media Matters.

  7. Senator Rand Paul correlates the lack of fathers to riots and crime. Source: Latin Post.

  8. Chris Matthews Blames Riots on Right-To-Work States, particularly those to the south of Maryland for taking away jobs from Baltimore in an interview via satellite with former NAACP president and former Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.). Source: Godfather Politics.

  9. The media is to blame for the Baltimore Riots. Source: IGN Boards.

  10. Yes, “black culture” is to blame for the riots in Baltimore. Source: RedState.

  11. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Blames Veterans Becoming Police Officers for Violence. “I mean, we talk about training, we talk about having officers – I was talking to the city councilman last week who was saying, ‘Brooke, these people have to live in the communities.’ There’s no emotional or there’s a lack of emotional investment and a lot of these young people – I mean, I’ve been talking about there so much. A lot of young people – and I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they’re ready to do battle.” Source: NewsBusters.

  12. The Wall Street Journal puts it all on progressive policies all these past decades. Source: NewsBusters.

  13. Sooner or later we have to hear that the devil made them do it. A Baltimore Pastor tells us, "Satan wants our city, and he can't have it..." Source: The Christian Post

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