I could not believe my eyes when I looked and saw that Darryl De Sousa’s response to the devastation that people felt over a 12-day no homicide steak being broken was “it’s still early.” Truthfully, I thought that what he meant by “it’s still early”, was that the 22-year-old man who was fatally shot in Northeast Baltimore was still fighting for his life, and that it was too early to deem it a homicide. But that’s not what he meant. De Sousa meant that it’s too early in the year, and that we have a “long, long way to go.”
Never mind the effort that went into organizing the Ceasefire. Never mind the behind the scenes work that goes into making our communities safer. Never mind the accomplishment (regardless of how big or small), the labor that went into this initiative. De Sousa mentions the 12-day stretch without a homicide, but then follows it up with “at the end of the day, it’s a body, it’s a person, it’s a story behind him.” Who said that there WASN’T a story behind him? Who said that he WASN’T a person? It sounds like De Sousa is trying to say that we shouldn’t be upset over the 12-day steak breaking, but rather at the homicide at hand. My only question is, why can’t we be upset at BOTH? Not to mention, it’s very interesting the amount of optimism and hope that our Police Commissioner has when it comes to crime in this city. He sure sounds like he has hope and faith that things will get better, doesn’t he? Any Commissioner that says, “we have a long, long way to go”, is a very optimistic commissioner.
Not. He essentially said, “you all tried, but……. you failed. womp. womp. womp.”
De Sousa can’t acknowledge the good without shooting it down with the bad. He essentially downplayed the efforts of the many activists and organizers in the community who not only give a damn about the wellbeing of their city, but are trying to “change the narrative.” Sounds familiar right?
“We’re going in the right direction, but it’s still early.” These are the words of your hopeful, optimistic commissioner, (who’s attitude the mayor must be SOOO pleased with who is doing so, so much to prevent the violence in your community. C’mon. Catch the sarcasm, please. What ever happened to “changing the narrative?” Doesn’t changing the narrative mean assisting those who are putting in the work day in and day out? The year may have just started, but with community organizers making a difference slowly but surely, we can certainly turn things around for the better and ACTUALLY “change the narrative.”
Here’s what De Sousa SHOULD’VE said:
“As we investigate this unfortunate homicide, we send our condolences to the family and pledge to investigate until you all receive justice. And as to the organizers who worked tirelessly during the Ceasefire, please keep it up, your work goes in-noticed. Don’t be discouraged. Let’s push for an even longer streak.”
Do you think he’ll ever say something like this on television?
I won’t hold my breath.