No Excuses for the Violence in Baltimore

Last night we watched people commit criminal acts on the streets of Baltimore. The people who committed these acts were not protesting the death of Freddie Gray. No they were out on the street “wilding”. So what do you call people who perpetrate these kinds of acts? Do you call them thugs or do you call them animals? Are they simply beyond redemption? When and if they are found should we lock them up and throw away the key? Or do we simply call them criminal? These people are not savages or animals they are simply people who made unwise choices. We have to watch the labels we attach to people. We need to address the behavior but we can’t afford to throw people away. People commit all kinds of crimes and they are punished for them but they are able to make a comeback and we need to look at the people from last night as people who have the ability to make a comeback. They have to acknowledge their deeds and in some cases accept the punishment for their deeds, but we can’t afford to throw them away.

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