Baltimore’s newest casino, THE HORSESHOE, has seen that many people in its two years of operation. If each person spent on average 50 dollars, the revenue collected by Horseshoe amounts to 450 million dollars.
How much of this was returned to the city? Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake is pleased. The casino now employs 1500 people from Baltimore. “Pigtown” (our inner city integrated neighborhood), now has a Police substation. 800 trees were planted, and 292 “young people” had jobs during the summer.
WESTPORT, is yet awaiting the new bridge, but got instead an EMS crew. Cherry Hill’s glee is: fiber optic cable.
Baltimore was once a major manufacturing town; now our college graduates are getting business degrees to work in casinos. Until people of color realize that they must manufacture something to gain leverage, they will forever be the hired hand; but instead the fired hand. “You’re fired!”… sounds familiar?
Baltimore is filled with millionaires of all pigmentations, who are not investing in its city core. Why is there violence? The core is bombarded with images of success via the media, and want the same, but cannot get there with jobs available to pay rent, food, clothing, car note, cable, gas and electric, transportation and, of course entertainment. So, many turn to the “pharmaceutical” trade, thus came the turf wars, the shootings, the murders.
Politicians are improving themselves, and not the core. The State has endorsed gambling with the lottery, casino gambling, and college education is a lifetime debt; the core sees their way of upward mobility using underground methods.
So when politicians and the so called men and women of faith make these endorsements, where the crumbs go to the core, the turf war expands, and I am not talking golf.