Lunch Break Read: Baltimore and the Cancer of Identity Politics

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks in front of local faith leaders. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Grab your sandwich and check out this must-read article, “Baltimore and the Cancer of Identity Politics,” on It’s authored by Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan White House political director.

Here’s a preview:

“The Mayor of Baltimore is a black woman.

Her predecessor was a black woman who took over from the white liberal Martin O’Malley. Who took over from another black mayor. Who took over from another black mayor.

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Which is to say, including today’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, four of the last mayors of Baltimore have been black, two women and two men. In addition, the City Council president is a black man, one of the black majority on the City Council. And the police? So too is the police commissioner black.

Yet, there was a Baltimore City Council member – a black man – standing in front of a television camera as his city was on fire saying that the problem in Baltimore was no opportunity. How can this be?

… My colleague Daniel Horowitz, a native Baltimorean, nails the problem exactly. Liberalism has had free reign in Baltimore for decades and decades – whether the mayor was black or white.”

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