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Baltimore Mayor Calls His Critics Racist and Former Slave Owners

Baltimore's Brandon Scott says his critics see Black people as the "boogeyman" and have since "the first day they brought us to this country."

Last week, Baltimore’s Mayor Brandon Scott took to the airwaves on MSNBC, engaging in a dialogue with Joy Reid that epitomized the current political climate’s divisiveness. Scott’s narrative? Painting critics of his handling of the devastating Baltimore bridge collapse as racists, effectively branding dissent as “Republican racism.” This term, increasingly thrown around with reckless abandon, serves as a smokescreen to deflect from legitimate concerns over leadership and accountability.

Clinging to a victim narrative, Scott stated that his detractors view Black people as the “boogeyman” and have since “the first day they brought us to this country.” This is a sweeping generalization that conveniently ignores the diverse chorus of voices demanding better governance. By suggesting that criticism stems from a lineage tied to slave ownership, Scott not only distorts historical facts but also alienates a significant portion of the Baltimore populace genuinely concerned for their city’s future.

Furthermore, Scott’s assertion that labeling him a “DEI mayor” is somehow a veiled use of the N-word is a dangerous conflation that threatens to silence any form of critique under the guise of fighting racism. When did questioning the efficacy of one’s leadership become synonymous with racial vilification? This path, where words are weaponized and debate stifled, threatens the very foundation of discourse in our country.

Even further, it is concerning that Scott says that making his critics “uncomfortable” is his life’s purpose. The role of a mayor is to serve the citizens, ensuring their safety, prosperity, and well-being, not engaging in petty vendettas on national TV. This interview, aired in the shadow of a tragedy that claimed lives and crippled a vital infrastructure, should have been an opportunity for reflection and commitment to rebuild. Instead, Scott chose to politicize the moment, diverting attention from the urgent needs of Baltimore.

The true tragedy here, beyond the immediate aftermath of the bridge collapse, is the missed opportunity for leadership. Baltimore needed a mayor ready to roll up his sleeves, address the crisis head-on, and unite the community in the face of adversity. Instead, they got a political sideshow. It’s high time we demand more from our elected officials, insisting they prioritize their citizens over their egos. 

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.