*Notice: the above photo is not from Baltimore – it is from Pinterest*
I’m going to take a minute today to speak about what is currently going on in my own backyard. As you probably know already, Baltimore has joined the ranks of other cities around our country that has experienced protests and riots over police brutality – specifically over the death of Freddie Gray. The city of Baltimore is in a state of Emergency and the National Guard was called in late Monday and the city is currently under a 10pm curfew for probably the next week.
A part of me wants to say that I am really surprised that this occurred, but the truth is a part of me is absolutely not surprised. Baltimore is a city just like any other – we are a great city with a lot of great people but we are broken. Part of the population is living in poverty and fear without any visible signs of relief or a way of getting out. And naturally when a person is pushed to the brink they will eventually push back. This isn’t helped by a lot the fact that a lot of the cities youth that is extremely angry and isn’t really concerned with change but rather with simple destruction to vent their emotions or just for the sake of destruction.
I want you to know that there have been several large and peaceful protests in this city over the last few days. And I am so proud of everyone for doing that – because I agree with their cause, and my heart breaks for every person who has ever had to deal with or lost their lives to police brutality. This reality is just unacceptable in the land of the free and the home of the brave. There have also been a huge amount of people who have been helping clean up the city after all of the rioting and looting which just further shows you that we are a great community and just because a few want to destroy that doesn’t define us. And despite all of the terrible, senseless destruction of our city a lot of wonderful people have shown us what Baltimore really is – a great city, with a lot of great people who want things to change for the better. So here are some things that I’ve seen around the internet regarding these protests:
Here’s an article on the huge stratification that you will find within Baltimore and the rest of Maryland.
I think probably some of you have hear of Ray Lewis right? Well he posted this amazing video that really speaks volumes and is spot on.
It’s going to take a long time for us to put our city back together but I hope that when we do we will be better and stronger than ever.
What are your thoughts about the riots and protests that have been occurring in Baltimore and around the country?