While the elections resulted in a clear change of leadership at the top of the ticket, America is also welcoming a whole host of diverse representation into the halls of government all over. One of those is the new Mayor of Baltimore, MD and he’s drawing attention for his signature afro in a traditionally White world.
Newly elected Brandon Scott is the 36-year-old progressive Democrat that was just sworn in as Baltimore’s 52nd Mayor, and also one of the youngest in decades. While he ran on a platform of ending gun violence, restoring the public’s trust in government and changing Baltimore for the better, his signature look became the highlight of his swearing in ceremony earlier this week.
9 years ago, I was sworn into City Council for the first time alongside another son of Baltimore, @Nick_Mosby. Today I had the honor of swearing him in as the 22nd Baltimore City Council President. I know together we will work to make Baltimore safer, equitable, and accountable. pic.twitter.com/kiUv0UejuW— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) December 10, 2020
The city of Baltimore has seen much upheaval in the last few years, from the death and trial of Freddie Gray, to the huge political loss of Rep. Elijah Cummings, one of the stalwart faces of the civil rights era that still held a large political presence in American politics.
While previous Mayors have left the office in controversy, Scott is “dedicated to building a safer and more equitable city,” according to the tweet that accompanied the picture that is driving the Internet crazy. Scott can be seen with a plaintive smile and a very large, well-maintained afro in front of the state and country flags.
In an age where the C.R.O.W.N. Act exists, it’s very empowering to see a Black man enter the corridors of power and uncompromisingly wearing his natural hair.
It’s the height of the fro and that extra crispy line up for me. pic.twitter.com/lISVnp0CN6— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) December 9, 2020
“This gotta be one of the Blackest haircuts in mayoral history. Much respect,” wrote Pulitzer-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones on Twitter.
See the tweet below.
Brandon M. Scott is the 52nd Mayor of Baltimore, working to end gun violence, restore the public’s trust in government, and change Baltimore for the better.— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) December 8, 2020
Mayor Scott is dedicated to building a safer and more equitable city.
Read his full bio here: https://t.co/AYdw2eaLz4 pic.twitter.com/8BfzeiJVPs