This past Saturday, as reported in the Baltimore Sun , protesters marched against structural and systemic racism in the York Road Corridor in Baltimore, Maryland. I commend Thaen Hardy for organizing the protest. It was long overdue. For decades, York Road has been a racial dividing line separating black people and white people, poor people and affluent people. The York Road Corridor is separate and unequal. The west side of York Road, including Guilford and Homeland neighborhoods, is predominantly white and prosperous. Many residents on the west side live in luxurious homes and their children attend elite private schools such as Gilman, Bryn Mawr, and Friends School of Baltimore. The east side of York Road, including communities such as Woodbourne McCade and Greater Govans, is predominantly African American and poor. On the west side of York Road, there are abandoned buildings, open air drug markets, failing schools, and streets littered with trash and hopelessness. 2016
As a result of decades of city sponsored segregation, racial restrictive covenants, and redlining, York Road is a racial dividing line. When one travels further south on York Road, York Road becomes Greenmount. York Road divides and separates predominately Black east side, working class communities such as the Greater Govans from predominately white affluent west side communities such as Guilford and Homelands. There are two types of barriers separating African American communities from white communities in Northeast Baltimore. One set of barriers is physical. The other barrier is the continuing legacy of structural and systemic racism in Baltimore. The Guilford community in Baltimore epitomizes white privilege and the racial divide in Baltimore. Today, under the guise of promoting public safety, Guilford is perpetuating and maintaining the New Jim Crow, modern day segregation. There is a stone wall on York Road separating affluent Guilford from surrounding predominantly
Thank you, Lake Evesham Community Association, for hosting the 4th District Baltimore City Council Candidates Forum. It was pleasure participating in this great discussion regarding important issues impacting our community. To view the debate, please click this link .