The Roots of Baltimore’s Riot

What I like most about this article is that it brings light to much of the history of police brutality and racial disparity that has been going on in Baltimore. There has been so much finger pointing, questioning and blame on so much of the citizens without the proper information being exposed, much of main media being at the forefront. Yet Time has once again come through (see: “Black Lives Matter” April issue) to provide the other motive behind such tensions rising and disproving the notion that we are in a post-racial America. 


Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was in church when she heard that Freddie Gray was dead. She says she knew “immediately” that this was something more than the depressingly common passing of another young man in a troubled old city. Black men dying at the hands of police had become “a slow-rolling crisis” in America, as President Obama would put it nine days after Gray’s death. And Freddie Gray was a black man who entered a police van handcuffed and conscious on April 12 and came out less than an hour later comatose, with his spinal cord nearly severed.

The what, the how and the why of Gray’s fatal encounter with Baltimore police remained a mystery more than two weeks after the event. But the mayor could hear that slow-rolling train pulling into her town. And when rioting broke out after Gray’s funeral on April 27–a night of arson, looting and…

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