America’s cities are rotting from the inside out and Baltimore’s rot is further along than most.
In fact, Baltimore has become so unlivable that it now has a higher per-capita homicide rate than every single country in the world except for one. Yes, heartbreakingly, that is fact. It’s a testament to just how far some of our American cities have fallen.
As per the WorldAtlas, the only country in the world with a higher per capita murder rate is the central American state of Honduras – where there are 90.4 murders per 100,000 people.
Baltimore, on the other hand, has 56 homicides per 100,000 people – barely edging out Venezuela where there are 53.7 homicides per 100,000 people.
Venezuela’s capital city Caracas, known as one of the most dangerous cities in the entire world, is even worse off with 122 homicides per 100,000.
But Baltimore is far from the only city in America that’s currently seeing these astonishingly high levels of violence. Among major cities in the United States, Detroit followed closely behind Baltimore on the FBI’s annual tally with a homicide rate of 40 per 100,000 residents in 2018.
Memphis, Tennessee comes in at third with a rate of 28 murders per 100,000, followed by Chicago with 24 per 100,000.
St. Louis, which is has a population that’s substantially smaller in size than the cities mentioned, has also been ranked as one of America’s most dangerous cities with 66 homicides per 100,000 people.
After Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings slammed the Trump administration’s immigration and border policies, Trump fired back, saying that he should try to fix the serious problems facing his own district before attacking others.
In the following days and weeks, the city of Baltimore was subjected to the bright lights of publicity in ways it hadn’t been before. Now, many Americans have a much better understanding of what people living in Baltimore are going through. Perhaps light is the greatest disinfectant. Time will tell.
Shortly after, House of Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson traveled to Baltimore to tour a Baltimore Housing and Urban Development (HUD) facility. He invited Rep. Elijah Cummings to come along with him, but he declined the offer. It’s possible that he was preoccupied dealing with the rat infestation.