It is often said that you find out who your real friends are when hard times hit or others try to put you down.
Your real friends rally to your side and defend your good name.
Recently the City of Baltimore has found that it has just these kind of friends far and wide.
They have been coming to the city’s defense after it was falsely depicted and attacked recently on Twitter.
The disparaging tweet storm emanating from Washington that sought to poorly define Baltimore — and one of its most prominent and effective elected officials in Congress — was inaccurate and misguided.
There is no question that Baltimore faces challenges with crime, poverty and other complex issues found in urban cities.
And the city has its critics who are not shy about pointing out these shortcomings.
But what has been uplifting is the swift and passionate response as people from all walks of life have rallied to Baltimore’s defense.
These inspiring voices come from Baltimore’s diverse neighborhoods, big and small businesses, leading educational institutions, and elected and civic leaders.
It is inspiring to see this outpouring for Baltimore with so many singing its praises and cheering for its promise.
Rather than wounding, the disparaging remarks have rallied the city together and brought its hometown pride front and center for all to see.
Baltimore may be known as Charm City, but its residents and supporters are proud and tough as nails.
I’m Don Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee.