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Old 02-02-2013, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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This is an excellent piece about the intersection of race, class and the perception of the City of Baltimore through the lens of Ray Lewis.

One of the rare decent articles from the Baltimore Sun:

The Ravens, 'The Wire,' Ray Lewis and Baltimore's Super Bowl image - baltimoresun.com


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In rooting for Lewis and the Ravens, viewers are rooting for Baltimore and their pride in its renaissance as well, says the founder of The Burton Wire, a website focused on the African diaspora.

“We’ve had to work hard to overcome perceptions that Baltimore is a city that’s overridden by crime and a lot of apathetic, angry black folks,” she says. “And those us who have worked to overcome that see Ray Lewis’ investment in the Ravens’ winning as being similar to our investment in Baltimore.”

For the record, Baltimore’s population is 64.3 percent African-American, and crime — though high — has been in decline the last 10 years. While Fortune 500 companies have left the city, there have been major development in Harbor East and genuine revitalization in neighborhoods ranging from Hampden to Canton.

Further, many of the manufacturing jobs that have disappeared in Baltimore, as they have in cities across the country, are being replaced by 21st-century workplace opportunities in one of the most vibrant university, research, medical and nonprofit sectors in the nation.

Nevertheless, a negative and racially charged perception of the city is furthered by critics like state Del. Patrick L. McDonough, the Baltimore and Harford County Republican who in May distributed a news release with the headline: “Black Youth Mobs Terrorize Baltimore on Holidays.”
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Cheswolde
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Default I totally agree

But let's not forget that the perceptive writer, David Zurawik, is a Ph.D. and published author. This is Pulitzer quality material.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:06 AM
 
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This is Pulitzer quality material.
For what? It barely reports anything at all, and little or nothing that is new.

Last edited by Hamish Forbes; 02-03-2013 at 04:17 AM..
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Baltimore should sink into the Atlantic
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Baltimore should sink into the Atlantic
Sorry Im a pats fan still pi$$ed about that game
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:34 AM
 
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i like baltimore quite a bit but i despise the ravens.

i dislike the niners as well but sf is the greatest city in north america.

mind you, SFC should be forcing the niners to stop using 'san francisco' in the team name when they move to santa clara.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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I'm a Pittsburgh native (i.e., not a Ravens fan) and normally cringe at most everything Zurawik writes, but this was a very good piece of journalism.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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I think that the article by Zurawik is beyond ridiculous. If Lewis were not an NFL superstar, the people of Baltimore might well view him as just another thug from Florida rather than the face of their City. To accept him as the face of the City is incredibly damaging -- a thug intimately linked with murder accepted as the face of a City intimately linked with murder.

Beyond that, the article itself is little more than specious references to racial discrimination coupled with vacuous prattle about people reinventing themselves once outed as criminals. There is no investigative content to the piece. There is nothing actually "reported." Rather, the piece is simply a statement of the writer's opinions. Journalism? Phooey!

I hope that the Ravens win. Regarding Black people and my own comments in this forum -- I voted for President Obama twice (once per election ), and was proud to do so both times.

Thanks for listening!
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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So a close football victory washes away all the real ills of a city? No wonder Baltimore is a mess. Will the flash mobs disappear as a result? Will the angry Black people become less angry? Will the anti-business self destructive tax and fiscal policies reverse itself?

I'm a football fan but folks get a hold of yourself. The Ravens won in '00 and Baltimore still ost what 50K residents since then.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:32 AM
 
Location: BMORE!
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So a close football victory washes away all the real ills of a city? No wonder Baltimore is a mess. Will the flash mobs disappear as a result? Will the angry Black people become less angry? Will the anti-business self destructive tax and fiscal policies reverse itself?

I'm a football fan but folks get a hold of yourself. The Ravens won in '00 and Baltimore still ost what 50K residents since then.
I agree with this.
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