Maryland’s New Black Leaders Must Leave ‘The Wire’ Mentality in the Past to Move Forward
Black Democrats are poised to make history by winning the top offices of Maryland in November. But to govern effectively, they must be prepared to address the mindset of violence and crime modeled in the acclaimed Baltimore-set HBO drama, The Wire.
That means moving beyond the usual calls for reforms in the criminal justice system and economic mobility. What the would-be leaders also need to explore are ways to break the chains of “mental slavery” that psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint, among others, claim exacerbates “Black on Black” crime.
The Democratic nominee for governor is Wes Moore, an author, educator, and army veteran who promises to expand economic opportunity, upgrade transportation operations, and improve access to health care and good public education.