The Spark

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

Baltimore City:
Passing the blame to the victim

Feb 3, 2003

Three children, ages 6, 5 and 4, were found alone in a freezing cold house with no electricity during the bitter winter weather last week. Their mother, 22-year-old Tiffany Simmons, was later arrested and charged with child abuse.

Simmons' lawyer disputes the child abuse charge, pointing out that the mother had left her children with their grandmother while she went out trying to find help for the family. The young woman and her children slept in a bed piled with blankets on each night that the police accused her of leaving the children alone.

Tiffany Simmons was a desperately poor, undereducated young woman, without a job, without an income with which she could pay her heating bills.

Did the police officers arrest her landlord when there was no water running in the pipes? Did the police officers go to the gas and electric company to ask why a house with three young children had its heat and electricity turned off – despite the company's claims that there is help for all the poor who need it during freezing weather?

No, as usual in a society that produces poverty as a necessary result of enriching a tiny capitalist class, they sought to blame the victim.

Shame on them!