As many of you may know, I have a ‘love/hate’ relationship with Baltimore, MD. I have lived there numerous times and just recently lived there in 2016, but left in 2017 because of the crime. However, just recently, I had to return to Baltimore because my cousin was kicked out of the only health ‘care’ system in this fucked up Hillbilly Hellhole and so Baltimore was the obvious choice since he absolutely adored his doctor when he lived in Baltimore. In fact, I recently posted pictures of a little mini-vacation to Baltimore. And so now we come to this!
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned Thursday, apologizing for the harm she has caused to the city’s image amid a growing scandal over her sales of a self-published children’s book series.
It was the latest blow to the leadership of a city that’s seen two mayors resign in scandal in less than a decade and a third one decline to seek another term after a riot over police misconduct and a soaring murder rate.
From what I have read on this latest political scandal to come down the pike against yet another Baltimore City mayor, this one basically is about a self-published book by former Mayor Catherine Pugh, titled, “Healthy Holly” that touts eating healthy and exercising as a great way for children to stay healthy, and that would be great except for the fact that the purchase of this book was used as a payoff for certain favors the former mayor is alleged to have given to at least two entities; The University of Maryland Medical System and health insurer Kaiser Permanente. The University of Maryland Medical System actually paid Pugh for 40,000 books that had not even been produced and this was done for the express purpose of receiving a lucrative city contract in exchange. Likewise, Kaiser Permanente made payments to Catherine Pugh for non-existent books during the period it successfully sought a $48 million city contract. And this is just the tip of the iceberg since the FBI raided Pugh’s home and office and hauled away countless boxes that allegedly contain documents pertaining to other entities that have also engaged in the payment for books not yet produced in exchange for lucrative city contracts.
Interestingly enough, The Baltimore Sun, the very paper Catherine Pugh once worked for is responsible for digging up the aforementioned, when at the time of the publishing of these findings by The Baltimore Sun, then Mayor Pugh called what the Sun was doing, “a witch hunt.” And even though Catherine Pugh took off running when it came to attempting to get a handle on Baltimore’s high crime rate, nothing seemed to work from quickly implementing a federal consent decree to attempting to reform the Baltimore City Police Department, which I personally think is beyond reform, to changing police commissioners in an attempt to try any new approach from an outsider in getting the homicide rate down. And yet, nothing seemed to work. In fact, one of the police commissioners hired by then Mayor Pugh was himself charged with federal tax offenses and is behind bars serving a 10 month prison sentence.
Baltimore is a complicated mess! Her so-called leaders bring more baggage than they cart away and meanwhile, the city continues to bleed both in terms of homicide victims and people leaving the city out of fear, which is what I did. And yet that city still has a certain charm; a pull that gets inside you and makes you want to come back. You know she’s bad for you, but you just can’t help yourself. I hate to liken it to a drug, but that’s almost what Baltimore is to me; a drug. When I leave her, I long to return. In fact, I get an attitude when I’m not in Baltimore and that attitude instantly evaporates when I see her skyline. She’s got a hold on me and this is why it pains me that yet another one of Baltimore’s mayors has ended her reign abruptly in scandal and disgrace. The people of Baltimore deserve better than that, but it would seem that they are destined for history to keep repeating itself. The city has many problems, I grant that, but it also has many ‘charms’, hence the slogan “Charm City.”
But as usual, I digress. Catherine Pugh should not be the only one to take the fall for this. Some folks at the University of Maryland Medical System and at Kaiser Permanente and other entities involved in this scheme also need to be brought to justice for their role. It would appear that when Black people engage with whites in underhanded shenanigans, the only ones who suffer any consequences are the Black people. I don’t know why people like Catherine Pugh and Sheila Dixon failed to understand the system they were caught up in in that when you play with the white devil, you are the ONLY one who is going to get burned. The whites always have the upper hand. They write the laws and they don’t apply those laws to themselves because I would be shocked to hear that anyone from the UMMS or from Kaiser Permanente or any of those other entities that participated in this has had the FBI come in and raid their homes and offices. Catherine Pugh did not commit this alleged crime all by her lonesome. She had plenty of help and you’d best believe the help she had is of the pasty-assed variety. Black folks, when are you ever going to learn? You don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting away with a goddamn thing because some white piece of filth is always somewhere trying to dig up any dirt they can on you while ignoring the dirt that those who look like them are practically buried under. Their shit remains buried while yours is sifted through with a fine tooth comb and displayed for all the world to see as though you are the worst thing walking. Those at The University of Maryland Medical System who purchased books that had not even been produced knew that what they were doing was wrong; the same with those at Kaiser Permanente and so why is the focus seemingly only on Catherine Pugh? Because of who writes the laws and who enforces them. And one thing you’d better be clear on, though there are many Black faces standing front and center in the political arena in Baltimore, whitey-pasty ass runs that city because if not, then why are so many Black people doing so poorly in a so-called ‘majority Black city’? Because it is ALL done by design.
Rents in Baltimore are through the roof while the housing stock is deplorable at best, practically uninhabitable at worst. Poverty is off the chain. Drug addiction is an epidemic as is prostitution, school drop-out rates, crime as in ALL crime especially homicides and the fucked up list is endless and yet nothing concrete to resolve these serious issues is being done despite the rhetoric from politicians. Baltimore’s people are resilient even as they are fed up and tired. What they put up with should be too much for any one to deal with and remain sane. The shit that I have seen would curl your toes and that tired ass National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP) is headquartered in Baltimore and sitting on Mt. Hope Drive doing not a goddamn thing to bring ‘hope’ to ANY Baltimorean. That entity is as useless as a teaspoon of water on a raging inferno. That city is allowed to bleed. That city is allowed to deteriorate. That city is deliberately being used as a scapegoat for some whites agenda that if it is a predominately Black city, then just look at how those Black people live. That shit is going to get called out by me because I know the pain of Baltimore’s people and yes, they have had to harden themselves to the horrendous shit they endure so that the white motherfucker can sit back and gloat over all that he has set in motion.
But know this, Baltimore’s people are stronger than you think. They are not the type to give up so easily despite the white man’s shit shoved at them, daily. They are not like me who will turn tail and run when the going gets tough. They tough it out. Some give up and some turn to crime to survive and some walk the streets, homeless while hundreds of thousands of others grit and bear it and get up to face the hardship of suffering through another day in hell. This is happening in every major city in Amerikkka and it is being allowed to persist and get worse because pasty-assed parasites want every excuse to gentrify those cities just like what was done to Washington, DC. Go to DC now and take a look around. If you were there in the 90s, you will not recognize that city. It is no longer, “Chocolate City.” The whites have seen to that. And the reason Baltimore and her people are so neglected and pushed to the limit is because whitey parasite ass has got the same thing planned for Baltimore. But know this, white motherfuckers, the day you take over Baltimore is the day the last Black person in Baltimore is dead because they are not going to give it up without a fight and when you think that you are going to gentrify the area around Lexington Market, think again because when you bring in your preppy, yuppy, lah-dee-dah fancy-pants shit, those Black people are soon going to have your preppy, yuppy ass turned out. Your pale white ass is going to be some pimp’s whore and you’re going to be nodding on methadone and some more shit! And when you hear the news of that happening, come right on back here and tell me all about it because I know what’s going to happen. So continue to fuck with Baltimore. You’ll wish you hadn’t. That, I promise you!