Bloody Baltimore. Most deadly month in the history of Baltimore.
Since the founding of the town of Baltimore in 1729, it does not appear that there has ever been a more violent month than May 2015.
The death toll is now at 43, with another 100 people non-fatally shot. The “mainstream media” is claiming that an even worse month occurred in 1971. This was three years after the Martin Luther King riots devastated the city and tens of thousands of whites were fleeing to the suburbs. However, this claim is made by professional journalists who fail basic math.
In December of 1971, the city of Baltimore had 908k people and 44 murders. In May of 2015, the city had about 620k, and 43 murders (unless anyone else is killed this evening).
Actual murder rates:
December, 1971: 4.8 murders per 100,000 people
May, 2015: 7.0 murders per 100,000 people
The actual murder rate in May, 2015 was almost one and half times the rate in December 1971. Just because professional journalists don’t understand basic arithmetic, doesn’t mean this was the “second most deadly month.”
Beginning in the 1820s, Baltimore became a favored destination for emancipated former slaves. In the 1950s, the city of Baltimore had nearly one million people and was 25% black. Then came the 1968 Martin Luther Luther King race riots. Six people were killed, hundreds injured, and tens of million in property were burned to the ground. 5,000 National Guard troops were deployed to restore order. This triggered a mass exodus of white residents. The overall population of the city began to decline. Today the population is about 620,000 and 65% black.