Another day, another black life taken senselessly. Déjà vu in Baltimore has us asking, “When will it stop?”
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
Lead image via Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/psW3ha