Using the Baltimore Sun's fun interactive homicide chart, these are the sad and politically incorrect totals for 2010:
223 homicides: 202 black (91%), 13 white, 5 Hispanic, 1 Asian, 2 unknown(?).
Overall, the 2009 population of Baltimore is estimated to be 63% African American and 33% white. So roughly, the black homicide rate (50) is eight times the white homicide rate (6.2 -- which isn't that much higher than the national average of 5.4 per 100,000).
Is there a moral? I don't know, but certainly we can do better. It's also clear you can't talk about this homicide problem without talking about race, and people don't want to talk about race. Merely broaching the subject can get you labeled as racist. Who wants that? And hell, why should you care? It's just "them" killing each other, right? And maybe you, no matter your race, moved out of the city a long time ago precisely to get away from this problem. It's certainly an understandable reaction. But it's not part of the solution.
Unless we do something major in terms of changing our drug policy, investing in police, and yes, even spending money on job creation, the killings will continue. These are choices we make. And mostly we choose to do nothing. So the killings continue.
This isn't a local problem; it's a national disgrace.