Per The Sun, there’s a new “experiment” afoot in parts of the city that have for years experienced violence.
“The idea is simple: flood them with services,” the paper of record said on Twitter.
This would seemingly be good news in a city where the mayor is focused on changing the narrative–here are communities in need getting help. But many on social media saw it as something else: A municipal government patting itself on the back for jumping over the very low bar of using tax dollars to provide things that citizens need and want.
A lot of the comments go something like this:
Baltimore: where providing basic services to poor, black neighborhoods is an "experiment" https://t.co/2yNIcy5yov
— Megan Lawless (@mlawless9) April 12, 2018
I know. "Treat them with common decency" seems like it shouldn't be a NEW plan.
— Kimberly Hudson (@kimberlylhudson) April 13, 2018
This experiment, otherwise known as "a basic standard of living."
— VƎX is a Satyr (@andreuswolf) April 13, 2018
In real progressive countries it is called "Treating people decently"
— PhukHillbots (@Tedshittypants) April 13, 2018
Oh. Civilization. Novel idea.
— Darkest Timeline Jay Frosting 🗽 (@JayFrosting) April 13, 2018
As with so many things on social media, the nuance of Luke Broadwater’s well-researched deep dive into the program got lost as more and more people decided to pile on. At the same time, these online critics aren’t wrong, either.