Freddie Gray, Baltimore, & Police Brutality: Musings and links

Another day, another black life taken senselessly. Déjà vu in Baltimore has us asking, “When will it stop?”


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The cities change but the narrative remains the same: Male, Black, and Dead. Snuffed out by the very people who are supposed to protect us. Fatally and brutally injured by the very same hands that are raised in oath. An oath where lips part to pronounce words synonymous with “I promise”. But what we see here is a covenant broken, a contract ripped into two then discarded and shrugged off like nothing. Now we mourn Freddie, but before him there was Trayvon and Mike, Tamir, not one but two Erics… And even these are only a few names from a list that is beginning to stretch as long as the Nile. I am speechless but my disappointment and disillusionment span wide and deep. I am abroad but thinking of those affected all the time and waiting alongside them for answers.

Stay safe, Baltimore.


The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore:  http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/the-brutality-of-police-culture-in-baltimore/391158/

Baltimore protests turn violent; police officers injured in clashes: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/27/us/baltimore-unrest/index.html

Al Sharpton to visit city, plan march to Washington over Gray’s death: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-freddie-gray-sharpton-20150427-story.html

CHAOS: 15 Officers Injured, Businesses Looted, Fires Set As Violent Riots Plague Baltimore: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/04/27/umb-closes-early-due-to-potential-rallies-threats-in-baltimore/

Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014: http://gawker.com/unarmed-people-of-color-killed-by-police-1999-2014-1666672349

Why We Don’t Know How Often Police Kill: http://diversity.berkeley.edu/black-record-how-often-do-police-kill

Police Kill Black Women All The Time, Too — We Just Don’t Hear About It: http://www.bustle.com/articles/52433-police-kill-black-women-all-the-time-too-we-just-dont-hear-about-it


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    April 28, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    So happy you not only wrote about this but provided that last link – that they are murdering black women too but it is not being covered in the media. I think social media is going to be a game changer for the advancement of this, well I hope anyways.

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    April 30, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to read a blog post about this important issue. I live in St. Louis – close to Ferguson, and yours is the only blog I read that has even mentioned the civil unrest that has been plaguing our country and black lives. The lack of blogger thought on this has really made me question the content I digest on a daily basis, so this post really means a lot to me. As always, I love your blog, and thanks for posting.

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    Caroline Achieng Otieno
    May 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Saddened immensely by the passing of Freddie Gray and police brutality against blacks in the US. It has to end here, because it’s just too much..yes, Black lives matter.

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