A Maryland philanthropist is standing for election to give African Americans an alternative style of representation and promises to clean-up some of the nation’s most dangerous city streets.
Kimberly Klacik wants to show the black community it does not have to vote for the Democratic Party. The Potential Me founder is standing as a Republican candidate for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District at the upcoming election on Nov. 3.
“I am running for Congress because I actually care about black lives,” she said in a video shared on Twitter. “All black lives matter, our communities matter, Baltimore matters, and black people do not have to vote Democrat.”
The candidate showed footage of herself walking past derelict buildings and poorly maintained city streets that the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) failed to address during his 23 years of civil service.
“This is Baltimore, the real Baltimore, this is the reality for black people every single day: crumbling infrastructure, abandoned homes, poverty, and crime,” she said. “Do you care about black lives? The people that run Baltimore do not … they do not want you to see this.”
Klacik revealed Cummings’s predecessors dating back to 1967 also failed to resolve these social challenges, resulting in Baltimore becoming one of the “top five most dangerous cities in America.”
“The murder rate in Baltimore is 10 times the U.S. average,” she said. “The Baltimore poverty rate is over 20 percent. Homicide, drug, and alcohol deaths are [also] skyrocketing in our city … the vast majority of crime in Baltimore is perpetrated against black people who make up 60 percent of the population.”
She believes the Democratic Party allowed the dire situation to continue because it has no respect for African Americans.
“Democrats think black people are stupid, they think they can control us forever [and] that we will not demand better and that we will keep voting for them forever,” she said.
A few African Americans, who were introduced as “real” Baltimoreans, could be heard voicing their opposition to demands from extreme anarchist protesters to defund the police due to the death in custody of Minnesotan George Floyd in May this year.
“I had three sons killed in Baltimore City and I think, if we defund the police, it is going to be worse than that,” an elderly man said. “No, I am opposed to that.”
“What are you going to defund the police for, why?” said another man. “How do you defend your city, your community? Families are losing people [to violent crime.]”
Klacik then claimed no Democrat-controlled city is safer for African Americans to live in than those that are led by the Republican Party.
“It is not just Baltimore, the worst place for a black person to live in America is a Democrat-controlled city,” she said. “It is 2020, name a blue city where black people’s lives have gotten better. Try it, I will wait.”
She dared her incumbent rival Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) to go for a stroll in the district and see what it is like firsthand.
“If the politicians walked the streets like I do, they would see exactly how their policies and corruption affects us but they do not want you to see this,” she said. “The Democratic Party has betrayed the black people of Baltimore.”