The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Baltimore:
Behind the purple passion

Feb 5, 2001

When the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, the whole area came down with Purple Passion. Buildings were bathed in purple lights and team flags streamed from car roofs.

The mayor of Baltimore said, "This will bring the city together."

But after the celebration wound down, where did the "togetherness" go? Local politicians who basked in the Super Bowl limelight went back to business as usual –that meant, looking for more tax breaks and subsidies to give to team owners and other downtown businessmen. They continue to claim the city's tax base cannot support the education and other public services needed by Baltimore's ordinary people –hoping we will be blinded by the purple lights.

A lot of people in Baltimore may have tasted some Purple Passion, but only a few profit from it.