Rawlings-Blake Wants New Fire Chief to Make Agency More Diverse

Luke Broadwater, Baltimore Sun, December 30, 2013

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her pick to run the city Fire Department said Monday they hope to hire and promote more minorities and women—even as the department cuts positions.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

In introducing Niles Ford, 48, as her selection to lead the Baltimore City Fire Department, Rawlings-Blake called a lack of diversity in the agency a “persistent problem.” She pointed to Ford’s work as fire chief in Lincoln, Neb., where he created a plan to hire more minorities and women.

“Dr. Ford was also a leader in opening the door for women and minorities in Lincoln, promoting the first female battalion chief in their history,” Rawlings-Blake said. “He personally recruited African-Americans, Asians, Latinos and female firefighters to ensure all Lincoln citizens were receiving an equal opportunity to serve.”

Niles Ford

Niles Ford

Ford, a career firefighter who most recently was the manager of a small city in Georgia, will be the city department’s second African-American fire chief.

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Ford, who will be paid $165,000, begins work Jan. 22. He was among a “handful” of finalists selected by search firm Gans, Gans & Associates, according to Rawlings-Blake. The Florida-based firm was paid $14,000 to conduct the search.

The fire officers’ union and some City Council members have questioned why the mayor didn’t select a candidate within the agency—including two deputies who applied—or from a larger jurisdiction.

Ford’s most recent position as a city manager ended amid discontent with his performance from the City Council in Chamblee, Ga., which has a population of 10,000. According to news reports, the Chamblee City Council issued a preliminary resolution saying its members had lost confidence in Ford.

In July, the council approved a motion to rescind that resolution and accepted Ford’s resignation. The council agreed to pay Ford eight months of salary with benefits.

Ford said Sunday he agreed to resign after he refused to approve permission for a building on a council member’s personal property that Ford believed violated zoning laws. Ford declined to name the council member. Rawlings-Blake has said his stance showed “integrity.”

But Chamblee City Council member Dan Zanger said no one incident led to Ford’s departure. Zanger said he believes Ford will be a good fire chief, but he wasn’t as knowledgeable about business development issues as the Chamblee council wanted him to be.

Zanger said Ford was a good manager but needed to be quicker at learning the job.

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Ford holds a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University, a for-profit institution that teaches most of its classes online.

He began work in public safety in 1991 as a dispatcher in Bessemer, Ala. A year later, he became a firefighter there, rising to the rank of captain in Bessemer Fire & Rescue.

Rawlings-Blake pointed to Ford’s outside experience as a positive quality.

“He’s led through change,” she said. “He’s been successful in diversifying a department, which has been a persistent problem that we’ve faced in Baltimore.” She said the city was “blessed” with several strong candidates, acknowledging that “we had excellent internal candidates to choose from.”

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Officials said the Fire Department is currently 32 percent African-American, a level it has maintained since at least 2011. The city population is 65 percent African-American. This year, the city cut a division in the department developed to increase recruitment among black city residents. Clack defended the move at the time, saying the agency was shrinking and doing very little hiring.

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  • Katherine McChesney

    Blacks are dumb.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Hey don’t leave out the mexicans and other assorted brown hispanics.

      • Non Humans

        The country is being dismantled by raw stoopidity of all colors, but mainly and especially by the darker varieties.
        .
        Who would have ever thought that natural selection would be just as important for maintaining civilization as it is for fueling evolution?

    • ms_anthro

      This country is being destroyed by the ancient enemies of White European Christian civilization. They’re using blacks as a battering ram to do it.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I believe the Jesuits are controlling blacks, selling them their Liberation Theology and Social Justice scam at Jesuit colleges. I knew a number of black ‘youths’ who were visiting several Jesuit colleges who would give them scholarships to attend. Met them at the ‘black’ YMCA in East Nashville. Several were Y employees. Dumbest people around. Couldn’t even do their work properly.

    • dubyasee

      I would differ with your post only so far as to suggest that the tiny minority who truly rules this country are empowering Blacks to destroy our country. Without the support of this astonishingly wealthy minority, Blacks would be relegated to destroying only their sphere of influence. The damage done by Blacks would be like the damage done to a marvelous work of art from an inanimate sledge hammer, wielded by a malevolent intelligence.

      • Brian

        YKW causes some problems sure; but this particular issue is enabled more by run-of-the-mill DWLs.

  • Well, the guards in the Baltimore City Jail were diverse too, (mostly black women). We saw in 2013 how that worked out.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Black female guards trying to hide their baby bumps after being impregnated by inmates:
      “Ah din do nuffins!”

  • sbuffalonative

    The solution? Lower that standards. It’s the only way to include more minorities.

    • John Smith

      Yep, and after standards are lowered, MORE PEOPLE DIE.

      Important professions like firefighters and paramedics require you to (study for) pass an exam on emergency procedures, human anatomy, city/county regulations, etc.

      How can these tests be “racist”?

      • SoulInvictus

        If you think this is bad, you should be concerned about nurses. At least firefighting is a more straightforward, hose, water, lift and carry operation.
        Nurses do far more work on you than doctors typically do and this philosophy is rampant in their schooling.
        I have first hand knowledge about the nursing program at FAMU (black college in FL). They push through even the idiots because they want to get more black people into the career field. This one girl in particular I knew, there’s no doubt in my mind her graduation is going to lead to fatalities.
        It was so eye opening that if any family member is hospitalized, I recommend for them to inquire where their caregiver went to school. If the answer is an HBC(historically black college), then discretely request someone else.

        • ms_anthro

          Don’t give a reason for wanting a different caregiver. Just say you refuse to let that person treat you–you don’t have to give a reason why. If they lay so much as a finger on you, they’re committing medical battery, which is a criminal offense. Just say, “I do not consent to receive medical treatment or services from you. Get me another nurse/doctor/EMT.” If they try to treat you anyway, say “You are committing medical battery and I am going to press charges.” In our Africanized hospitals, this may result in delayed treatment, but in some cases even delayed treatment is better than harmfully incompetent treatment.

          • SoulInvictus

            Good tip. Another example from experience was when a cousin was injected with platelets that were so cold he could feel the injection making its way up the blood vessel. Another nurse told him later it could have potentially stopped his heart.
            When reading temperature is too complex for you, good sign you’re not up to the task. Stick to changing bed pans and save lives.
            That crap scares the hell out of me, and I can’t imagine how much worse it is in nursing homes.

          • Brian

            For some reason the nursing homes and hospitals I’ve seen recently have a preponderance of Haitians and other Caribbean blacks in particular, more than just American blacks.

            My dad is going to be moving in with me if that day comes, and my sister will take in my mother. They did their job raising us, and we will not sentence them to the ‘tender mercies’ of Haitian ‘caregivers’.

          • My mother backed me 100% in a very dark chapter of my life, and she will never spend a day in a nursing home so long as I can care for her.

        • Erasmus

          Blacks think a piece of paper from a “collaj” will make them smart. They are dumb, but the people who reinforce that sort of thinking are socially irresponsible to outright evil.

        • refocus

          In a way that I hoped would not offend … I complained about some *nursing* my mom was getting, … requesting that the tall redhead be put on her case. The tall redhead told me that it was impossible as the nurses never saw the same patient twice.

          • SoulInvictus

            Likely not the purpose, but that would certainly make quality control and suing for malpractice or death a near impossibility on the individual level. You could never prove who caused what.
            Just heard an interview about a new book called
            Catastrophic Care that addresses just how bad some of these issues are. Especially regarding infections and basic sanitation measures.
            The guy spoke exactly about what you mentioned in saying it would be impossible to determine which of many personnel gifted his now dead father with the deadly infections he didn’t walk in with.

            And in general, there’s almost nothing that can’t be improved by putting a tall red head on it. 😉

        • fuzzypook

          This is absolutely true. When my mother was in the hospital, she had a particularly nasty black for a nurse. My brother complained and she was taken off of my mother’s case

        • Major

          “Schools” filled with Rachel Jeantel’s?

          • SoulInvictus

            I had to look up who that was. (Zimmerman was an idiot that probably set public perception of gun rights back significantly in the long run, but so was the little punk, in general I just didn’t find the trial interesting.)
            But regarding the girl, there is actually an uncanny resemblance, so yeah even more than you’d think.

          • Brian

            I hope when Piers Morgan gets old he gets ‘taken care of’ by a ‘smart cookie’ like Jeantel. I heard her described as a ‘petulant chocolate toadstool’ over at Takimag. Sounds like a perfect match for Morgan.

      • Brian

        My stepdad is a retired fireman. I asked him once about this push for DIEversity. He told me “I’ve already had one heart attack– don’t make me have another.” Turns out that fighting fires is one of those strange little areas of life where physical strength, knowledge, and competence actually do matter. Whodathunkit?

  • Biff_Maliboo

    The mayor looks like Mrs. Potatohead.

    • Spartacus

      How DARE you ??? Mrs. Potatohead is an honorable woman, that has done nothing to deserve such a comparison.

      • Whitetrashgang

        I don’t know I heard stories about Mrs Potatohead and Gumby that would make your hair stand on end.

      • Brian

        Yes, and in a pinch you can turn a potato into a battery. I doubt that mayor’s noggin could supply much electrical activity.

    • sbuffalonative

      Mr. Potatohead is of course racist:

      • Major

        Ok…then an eggplant?

      • Erasmus

        Most potatoes in this country are white inside. If that isn’t racism, I don’t know what is.

      • Brian

        Starch privilege.

  • What about the “persistent problem” of untamed blacks?
    Good luck fixing that.

  • bigone4u

    Firefighters have to take classes, read textbooks, take tests to measure their understanding of scientific ways of extinguishing blazes. Blacks can put out a fire when it’s somebody’s pile of burning leaves in their backyard. Tricky, sophisticated fires require IQ plus courage to extinguish. Baltimore will burn to the ground and I’ll say, “I told you so.”

    • So CAL Snowman

      Q : If each segment of hose is 3 feet long and you are 12 feet away from the fire hyrant, how many segments of hose do you need?

      A : That’s racist

      • Whitetrashgang

        Their going to replace all those racists hoses with 400lb sheboons drinking malt liquor all day.

      • borogirl54

        But firefighters have to be able to carry the hose and do the firemen’s carry to save people from the fire. Can they do that or are they obese because they eat junk food and drink beer all day?

      • Rhialto

        A. As many as the White man tells me!

        This answer is derived from personal experience with Blacks in Diversity enabled positions.

    • MBlanc46

      We can say it in harmony.

    • 1stworlder

      the real problem is their low IQ could hurt white firefighters. I don’t have a problem with their low IQ killing themselves

    • Let’s see these doofs put out a fire at a chemical plant.

  • borogirl54

    I guess that the Baltimore fire department will have to lower their standards in order to accept more women and minority firefighters. I wonder if they are going to hire women and minorities who cannot pass the physical fitness test?

    • IstvanIN

      The test should include carrying a typical urban resident down a ladder from the fourth floor:

      • borogirl54

        Good Luck on that one. I for one, would have said “jump out of the window.

        • Alexandra1973

          And cause an earthquake in the process!

          • IstvanIN

            and we thought Fukashima was bad!

        • Brian

          After she hits the trampoline she could end up damaging an airplane overhead.

      • Is that one of Chicago’s Finest?

        • Major

          Yep.

      • Spartacus

        I vomited in my mouth a little…

        • Major

          If she did…you’d need a life preserver.

      • SoulInvictus

        hohmy god…
        We’re gonna need a bigger boat, er ladder.

        • Those are “cankles”, where the calf and ankle are not distinct. Thank God she got that tattoo, though. Without it, she’d be warthog-ugly.

          • Katherine McChesney

            She looks ‘warthog-ugly’ to me.

          • texasoysterman

            I’d pick a warthog over that thing any day.

      • Tarczan

        If you like butts, she is the girl for you!

  • Extropico

    The mayor isn’t too concerned about the “persistent problem” of too many black Ravens feetsball players and too many black criminal thugs. Weird.

  • Truthseeker

    Diversity diversity diversity. You’d think the goal of society itself was to be “diverse.” When someone asks why the fire department exists, the answer should be “to effectively protect the public against the danger of fires,” not “to be a museum of our wonderfully diverse citizens.” Good grief.

    • So CAL Snowman

      The fire department exists to protect diversity from the fire.

      • IstvanIN

        Fires that they set.

      • refocus

        This is about denying whitey a stable job with decent pay.

        They do not care about the efficiency of fire fighters… they would prefer that the entire apartment project burns to the ground – so the the insurance can be collected, bailing out the upside down landlord and generating new fees for more permits……….

    • Erasmus

      Let Baltimore burn.
      When you pick an affirmative-action hire to be your fire chief, your mayor, your city engineer or your physician, you have the right to expect nothing more than affirmative-action quality results.

  • nignogger

    Standards will be lowered to do this sexist and racist hiring. blacks on the aptitude test and women on the physical fitness test. Now the blacks, who cause most of the dwelling fires, are in more risk of injury because of incompetent ‘firefighters;” blacks who cant think/poor thinking skills and make positive/crucial judgment calls and women who physically cant do the job.

    • Major

      Then it serves to cull the crowds.

    • Brian

      The fire insurance premiums will rise, and that will be blamed on structural racism. State Farm gets sued for ‘disparate impact’, and we get to subsidize these baboons yet again.

  • Spartacus

    I fully support this. The more dark-skins in public office, the worst it will get. And the worst it will get – the more Whites who will understand the truth, and join our struggle .

  • negrolocaust

    her face is disgusting looking

  • IstvanIN

    Ford holds a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University
    Wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy a printer and some nice bond paper?

    • Isn’t that what he essentially did?

      • IstvanIN

        yes, but he he could have saved a lot money that would be better spent on a bucket of chicken and a 40.

        • Erasmus

          A bucket of The Colonel says the taxpayers paid for his birdcage liner.

          • IstvanIN

            Didn’t think of that. Most governmental units have tuition reimbursement programs.

    • Major

      You get an online degree cause your SAT scores match your IQ. And you can’t seem them laughing when you apply online either.

    • Erasmus

      Only a black wouldn’t realize how hysterically funny touting a “doctorate” from a diploma mill is. A BS from a good business school would be worth more than this fellow’s “doctorate.”

      This shows, once more, blacks’ obsession with form over reality: How they think a diploma will make them smart, a title will make them competent and dressing the part will make them civilized.

      • Truth Teller

        Maybe there would be less diploma mills if people stopped demanding a bachelor’s degree for positions that don’t need one.

        • Brian

          There would be fewer clown colleges if the fedgov stopped issuing and default-backing federal loans to them.

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        About the “obsession with form over reality”: to me this seems similar to the cargo cults of primitive Pacific Islanders. Build images of airplanes, refrigerators, etc out of mud and sticks and leaves; rattle the sacred gourds; shake the spears; stomp the feet; chant, chant, chant and then stand back and wait for the magic to happen.
        Lots of times I’ve been working with blacks and have gotten a strong feeling that they were just “going through the motions” with out any understanding of why.

  • MBlanc46

    And that will solve the persistent problem of too many fires being put out.

  • MikeofAges

    I keep on saying every time I get the chance, minority men (and such qualified women as there are) probably are just making other choices than becoming firefighters. Serving in the military, serving in law enforcement, or maybe going the “suit-and-tie” route. How about recruiting some of these people into firefighting instead of endlessly combing the ranks of people more suited to shipping and receiving, truck driving and semi-skilled industrial labor? Credit me for avoiding the word “dregs” .

    Ultimately, don’t people have the right make their own choices? If those non-whites who are qualified do not choose firefighting, why blame “whitey”?

    • sbuffalonative

      Because according to blacks, it’s not a choice, it’s racism. Racism and white supremacy limit the choices black have (according to blacks).

      • MikeofAges

        It’s a counter talking point. Just always say, the people who could qualify as firefighters are making other choices, as noted. Part of the issue, is that firefighter is job someone can go through a whole career and never be promoted. Heard it described that way once. That makes it not a career for everyone just for that reason alone.

        People should just get off it. Heard in New York City that a huge outreach effort among minorities produced four qualified potential applicants. That tells me they’re going after the wrong people. Not to mention, obviously the pool is smaller per unit of population, not that they will admit it.

  • From city manager of a “city” of 10,000 to cheif of BFD?
    Must be nice to get opportunities like this because of the color of your skin.

    Can somebody tell me the story of “White Privilege” again?

    • Yancy Derringer

      From the fired city manager, no less.

    • Brian

      Chamblee, GA is not even really a ‘small city’ proper. It’s more of a close-in suburb of Atlanta…a former small town that got swallowed by metropolitan growth. And we locals call it ‘Cham-bodia’. It’s Atlanta’s Chinatown/barrio…used to be mostly oriental, now oriental and hispanic. Very few blacks or whites there. Even the south Asians from India don’t live there– they’re in Duluth and Decatur.

  • Pro_Whitey

    The blacks are pulling off in Baltimore what the Brits could not do 200 years ago, burn it to the ground.

  • Major

    “He personally recruited African-Americans, Asians, Latinos and female firefighters to ensure all Lincoln citizens were receiving an equal opportunity to serve.”

    Except that the “equal” opportunity apparently wasn’t extended to qualified whites, right?

  • odious liberal

    Baltimore can’t even keep its fire trucks and ambulances in running condition. Another example of boundless negro stupidity.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    “The city population is 65% African-American”. IOW it’s the development version of Detroit 2.0

    • WR_the_realist

      Blacks outnumber whites 2 to 1 in Baltimore. It’s past the tipping point. Yes, Baltimore has Johns Hopkins University and Medical Center, and some nice areas on the waterfront, and so on. It doesn’t matter. Demographics is dragging Baltimore down, slowly and inexorably.

      • Major

        “Johns Hopkins University and Medical Center…”

        And an endless, free supply of cadavers for the medical students to practice on.

  • ben no

    The black woman’s face isn’t feminine enough for the name Stephanie.

  • PROUD TO BE WHITE

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is unhappy that too few blacks qualify as Firemen, and so she
    will use the same principles as those currently in use in some American schools and universities – give a much easier entrance exam to blacks than whites and “hey presto” more blacks are qualifying as firemen than whites. As a white man of the west, I am actually glad that more blacks are hired. Hopefully they will hire more Hispanics, Sudanese, Somali and other Third-Worlders. The more inefficient the wheels of local, state and federal government become the easier it will be for the “Earl Turner’s” of the world to overthrow corrupt and inefficient regimes. And trust me when I say that blacks are not the “sharpest tools in the shed” – not by a long shot. History has shown time and time again that blacks are incapable of creating a civilized society, and they are equally incapable of maintaining one when it is handed to them as in the case of Haiti, South Africa and Rhodesia. They may wear suites, speak our language, tell a few funny jokes,
    entertain the lemmings with a few cigar tricks and mimic us in other ways, but it is the substance of a civilization that matters, not the illusion of one. Blacks have always felt this inferiority, if not openly, certainly subconsciously, and it is for this reason that they hate white people. If Haiti is any example to go by Baltimore will in turmoil with a year or two. Coming to your home dressed up as a fireman will give them a legitimate and legal excuse to rob you and burn your house to the ground.

    • negrolocaust

      blacks are about as sharp as my a$$

  • jane johnson

    The roof. the roof
    The roof is on fire
    We don’t need no water
    Let the m^&#)&[email protected]!*&% burn
    .

  • Here I was under the impression that cities have fire departments for putting out fires, rather than providing fake make-work “jobs” for borderline-retarded Africans.

    • ms_anthro

      It must have been the same delusion that enabled you to think that our public schools are intended to exist as anything other than Africanized daycare centers and pre-prison institutions for America’s yoofs.

      • The Colorado Springs fire department has lots of Korean guys. I discovered this when my neighbor set a pot of cooking oil on the range at maximum heat, and was then distracted with a phone conversation. Of course the heat eventually exceeded the flash point of the oil, and “woomph!” it ignited. I went in, turned the heat off and brought the pot-o-flaming oil out and set it on the sidewalk. As a research chemist, I was trained to deal with hideous laboratory mishaps, so I am not panicked by things like fire.

        I suspect blacks are uniquely unsuited to being firefighters, precisely because of their low intelligence and emotional fragility.

      • newscomments70

        They serve as communist indoctrination centers as well.

        • California banned home-schooling precisely because this “unfairly” denies career Marxist agitators access to our children as a captive audience during their formative years.

  • ms_anthro

    Firefighting is a dangerous job that most people take because of a strong sense of altruism. The firefighters I’ve known have been warmhearted, humble, and in many ways, literally heroic. They also tend to be smart (you can’t be dumb around fire and survive for long) and physically disciplined. They work crazy hours and are away from their families for days at a time. They can be called at any minute to die saving someone else’s property from destruction. They will risk their lives to pull someone’s dog out of a blazing house. In short, they’re good people.

    It’s easy to see why it’s a predominantly White profession.

    • negrolocaust

      2 black firefighters in bmore last year were convicted for operating a prostitution and gambling club on company time and a black police officer was convicted for selling heroin from the police station on duty. dont believe me google news it.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    Here are a several things from the Interesting Facts File:

    1). The coastline of Europe is actually longer than that of Africa;
    2.) Few rivers penetrate the interior of the African continent;
    3.) The major rivers that do are not navigable by large vessels;
    4.) There are few deep water ports for ocean-going vessels.

    Thomas Sowell mentioned these items and others in one of his books (sorry, forget which one) as reasons why Africa and Africans remain less developed than the rest of the world.

    • jane johnson

      I heard those facts in a speech he gave explaining the myth of equality. Still, for a culture that failed to develop the wheel, the concept of dredging…

    • IstvanIN

      Phooey. Look what the Egyptians accomplished with one river in the middle of the desert. So, perhaps, the Africans wouldn’t have developed a seafaring civilization but they could have developed some civilization above the level of naked natives bathing in elephant pee if they were even half-way evolved.

    • Tarczan

      The lack of navigable rivers explains the thriving African aerospace industry. Airplanes, rockets, spaceships, that sort of thing.

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        You’re right, of course. Also the African Intercontinental Railroad.

    • MBlanc46

      Interesting facts. I think that a fact more relevant to African underdevelopment is an average IQ of about 70.

    • Brian

      That’s true. It’s also true that Haiti was much more blessed in climate and resources than Iceland, and yet the difference in civilization and accomplishment could hardly be more stark.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        Those are my two favorite nations to compare when dealing with racial egalitarians. If “environment” was everything, the people blessed with the better one (the Haitians) would do better while the Icelandic people would be living on the Malthusian edge.

        But that’s not even remotely what we see in reality.

        • Brian

          Saint Domingue was the richest colony in the New World; now Haiti is a treeless, AIDS-ridden waste, with half the per-capita income of El Salvador.

          Iceland just had its first-ever fatal police shooting of a suspect (one every 800 years is pretty good, eh), and the highest per-capita rate of book authorship of any country on earth.

  • WR_the_realist

    Whenever blacks or Hispanics are in power they push out whites in preference for their own kind, no matter how incompetent they are. Yet John Engelman insists there is no race replacement of whites, and our only worry should be competition from Asians and Jews. I’m not too concerned about competition from Asians and Jews. Yes, they’re smart and hard working. That competition should encourage whites to be smart and hard working. But no matter how smart and hard working you are, if a black power structure is going to kick you out because you’re white, you’re going to lose your job.

    • Erasmus

      The same tribal ethos that turns what were once first world countries in Latin America and thriving, modern colonies returned to the natives in Africa into 3rd world dung heaps, turns once proud cities in North America into cesspools.

      Expect any city, town or country run by 3rd worlders. (even if they’ve been in the 1st world for generations), to become 3rd world pigsties.

      • Major

        You’re way too kind…actually getting them from 4th worlds into the 3rd world would be progress.

  • IstvanIN

    The actors on the old Lancelot Link TV show look more competent than these “firemen”.

  • Erasmus

    I have read several places that most black fire fighters refused to enter The Twin Towers on 9-11.

    Does anyone know anything about that? I will guess that if there were black firefighters who’d died trying to rescue the people inside The Twin Towers, we would have never heard the end of it. But because we don’t, it’s because they were largely absent.

    • Brian

      I suppose you heard about the photo of three white firemen taken that day. Some libtard paid for a statue to be made based on the photo, but the statue was going to be ‘diversified’ into one white, one black, one latino. The NYFD complained and so there’s no statue at all. Thanks, libtards!

  • Druid

    What a hapless people…

  • Tarczan

    In Cleveland they just retried an arsonist for killing eight children and one adult. He was found guilty the first time, got off on a technicality, and found guilty on the retrial. This fire happened about 7 or 8 years ago, on the east side, the black area. In Cleveland the fire stations are self-segregated, that is the whites work white stations and the blacks work in black stations, all by choice.

    The story is that when the brothers from around the corner showed up, they didn’t go in, claiming the fire was too intense. When the guys from the white station showed up, they went in but it was too late, everyone was dead. This was initially reported on in the news, but it was soon completely scrubbed. Early on in the news cycle the union head even came out and defended the black fireman, saying “all our union brothers acted bravely”, or some such thing.

    They want black fireman? Fine, have them and what they bring.

  • StillModerated

    Charm City deserves every bad thing it gets. Maryland has been a left wing hell-hole for over a generation. It’s gotten so bad, that the 4 western counties want to secede and be part of New Germania/Pennsylvania/West Virginia/Ohio. By the way, I think Prince George’s County will tumble faster than Balmer Merlin. In 1985 it was still 95% White. It’s now 64% bleck and 15% squattie. The schools are failing, the courts are a complete joke, and bankruptcy is just around the corner. YT is high-tailing into Calvert county.

  • KingBarryTheDingle

    The politics of race and political power is so much more important than providing the services to the working taxpayers who are paying the tab on all of this nonsense. I visited Baltimore in 1968 while attending school at Ft Holabird. It was beautiful city with a few bad areas. I recently revisited Baltimore and saw a different city entirely. A beat up, dirty city with a lot of obvious problems. An incontrovertible fact is that Dem controlled cities don’t prosper and are generally unsafe havens, and incubators for a multigenerational permanent underclass of government parasites who can be counted upon to vote for bigger government and more entitlements for themselves. American working class voters have abdicated their responsibilities to sloppily chosen elected officials. There is really no way to turn this ship around. It is headed for the rocks in deep water and no one is going to stop it. What we are see has all happened before. There is no mystery to this present state nor to it eventual outcome. Think, plan and act locally.

  • Major

    Some of the African countries have some of the fastest runners though….being chased by Zulu’s, Bantu’s, tigers and lions will make that happen apparently.

  • Brian

    Ford holds a doctorate in organization and management from Capella
    University, a for-profit institution that teaches most of its classes
    online.
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    Well that inspires confidence– a made up degree from Cracker Jack University. I have a funny feeling this clown is going to be successful in ‘diversifying’ not just the fire dept but the whole community…in that every time there’s a fire, there are going to be people turning black or brown from exposure to flame.

  • Brian

    Lucky the ‘Kenyan Army’ was on hand. Something probably needed looting.

  • Yale2001

    Diversity = lower standards, plain and simple. No super power would allow lowering there standards, which is why we are no longer a super power. Thanks, blacks.

  • Massif1

    Black policemen and black fireman can crate a nice arson business in the city of Baltimore.

  • Texan1st

    Why would ANY white person apply for a government job in a 65% black city? They’re just asking to have their pensions stripped from them upon retirement due to mismanagement and lack of taxpayers to properly fund the city government. Detroit is a perfect example, as is that city in Alabama whose name escapes me. I’m sure there are other examples as well.