I must admit that I was happy to hear Marilyn Mosby announce that charges would be filed against the officers who arrested Freddie Gray. I was surprised that the charges came today, but I still believe in the system. It was surprising to see the jubilation within Gray’s community. One of the community pastors said this is a community that does not know what victory looks like. Justice should not be a cause for jubilation it should actually be an expectation, but sadly in some neighborhoods justice is as rare as spotting a unicorn. Justice is what we seek and over the next few months the Freddie Gray case will give us the opportunity to see exactly what justice looks like.
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It is bound to happen the Freddy Gray story will become old news, and all the media along with their camera crews will move on to the next hot story. All week Baltimore has been the epicenter of the news. The conversation has not just been about Gray, but it has been about education, poverty, the breakdown of the family and how can these problems be addressed. Seems like I heard this same conversation when Ferguson was the hot spot. Sadly, the neighborhood Gray lived in is not on the tourist attraction list for Charm City. These neighborhoods are invincible to everyone except those who live there. There are invisible communities in every major city. The death of Freddie Gray has demanded the public’s attention, but we have a short attention span. So this week all pundits everywhere will ask what can we do, but they are really not going to be interested in this neighborhood and others like it long enough to do anything, but talk about it.
Toya Graham is the toast of the town. She is still being touted as the mother of the year. She is the mother that gave her son a very public beat down and the world is applauding her, but should they? If she did this same act on any other day she would have been arrested. Graham has been on CBS, CNN, NBC and ABC, but a year from now where will she and her son be?
Thug-a brutal ruffian or assassin.
The President Obama called the Baltimore looters and police attackers “thugs”. He received no criticism. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the same people thugs and she was eviscerated. She has since apologized. This is a divisive issue within the community. Many contend the word has been racialized. Do we only use the word when talking about poor black folks? When young people in Kentucky lost a basketball game and started damaging property and setting off fires they were called “youths blowing off steam”. Were they thugs? Let’s have a discussion about this word. Share your thoughts>
Share your thoughts.
Yesterday we saw young people go wild. They called it a “purge”, and unbridled lawlessness is what we witnessed. It was hard to watch but impossible to stop watching. As I watched children, yes children hurl rocks at the police I wondered did they have malice in their hearts or were they part of what they saw as some kind of sick game. The rock throwing was bad enough but the looting took it to another level. Freddie Gray has nothing to do with a young person wearing a new pair of stolen Jordans today. Over the past 24 hours I have heard pundits, community leaders and ministers try to explain the frustration of the young people, and while that exists it is no excuse for arson, but my real question is where were their parents? Some parents might have been at work, but I’m sure some of them were at their homes and if you lived in the city or the suburbs of Baltimore you knew what was going down at Mondawmin Mall. Parents are responsible for their minor children and it will be interesting when the police start looking at pictures and tapes and identify the children will they also arrest the parent.
Mother whips son for participating in the riots. Share your thoughts.
Today, Freddie Gray will be buried. He died from injuries sustained while in custody of the Baltimore Police. Gray had a police record, but over the last few days we have heard him described as a jokester and an all around good guy. Both of these things could be true. You can have a police record and you can also be a good guy around your family and friends. You can also be a victim without being an angel. You might have done all kinds of criminal things or simply unkind things, but if you are killed at the hands of the police you are the victim. We don’t need anyone to try to redesign or refine your real narrative in an effort for the victim to receive justice.