Maryland legislator calls on state to suppress “roving mobs of black youths” in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

One of his colleagues calls it the most “racially tinged statement” she’s ever heard in the legislature. Another says, “It’s a throwback to the ’50s and ’60s, and it’s obviously race-baiting.”

Of course. If black youths are mugging, mobbing, and murdering whites in an unending wave of racial attacks, and you have the audacity to point out this fact and to tell whites that they are in danger if they go to certain areas such as the Inner Harbor, you have made a “racially tinged statement” harking back to the days of segregation. But if you remain silent about this black-on-white intifada or deny its existence, and if you decline to warn whites about the dangers they face, then you are a virtuous, race-blind individual!

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Delegate warns of ‘black youth mobs’
McDonough urges ‘no-travel zone’ at Inner Harbor

A Baltimore County delegate said Wednesday that the governor should send in the Maryland State Police to control “roving mobs of black youths” at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, prompting a colleague to label the message “race-baiting.”

Del. Patrick L. McDonough, a Republican whose district includes part of Harford County, distributed a news release with the headline: “Black Youth Mobs Terrorize Baltimore on Holidays.” In it, McDonough said he had sent a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley urging him to use the state police to help prevent attacks and to declare the Inner Harbor area a “no-travel zone” until safety can be guaranteed.

McDonough’s message, which came on the last day of a General Assembly special session, offended some colleagues who thought it gratuitously highlighted the issue of race.

“It’s a throwback to the ’50s and ’60s, and it’s obviously race-baiting,” said Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., a Baltimore Democrat who offered to take McDonough on a guided tour of the Inner Harbor on a weekend night.

McDonough, a radio talk-show host, is best known in the legislature for his relentless and sometimes confrontational efforts to crack down on illegal immigration in Maryland.

“I’m not surprised at this inappropriate behavior,” said Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, a Montgomery County Democrat. She said that in her 10 years in the legislature, she hadn’t seen such a racially tinged statement released by a colleague.

McDonough refused to back down, saying he had heard from police that the crowds involved in several recent incidents were all black. Failing to mention the race of the participants, he said, would be “political correctness on steroids.”

McDonough said his statement was prompted by several recent problems, including a St. Patrick’s Day disturbance and a recent incident in which he and his wife witnessed a fight involving about 100 youths at Pratt and Calvert streets.

The lawmaker said that his statement has brought attention from out-of-town news media and that he planned to give national television interviews warning visitors against traveling to the Inner Harbor. “A no-travel zone is an action that needs to be taken to protect lives,” he said.

O’Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, dismissed McDonough’s suggestions, saying Baltimore had cut its crime rate more than any American city of comparable size.

“Delegate McDonough should come and visit some time,” the governor said. “He might enjoy it.”

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 17, 2012 11:34 AM | Send

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