Baltimore is in a state of unrest and the mainstream media is condemning protestors as vigilantes. In other words, when it comes to black rage and pain, it’s business as usual.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
Since the beginning of time, riots and have revolution have gone hand in hand. From the Boston Tea Party to Nat Turner to the L.A riots, there has never been revolution without them. To dismiss the riots as just the actions of “thieves” trying to get free stuff is to ignore history. While Whoopi Goldberg and President Obama may condemn the protestors, I understand that there won’t be any change without them.
These aren’t simply acts of violence; these are cries for help from the people of Baltimore, who are fed up.
This brutality didn’t start and nor will it end with Freddie Gray. Since 2011, the city of Baltimore has lost or settled over more than 100 cases of police brutality, paying more than $5.7 million in awards and settlements. .
The statistics in Baltimore are staggering:
Baltimore has the fifth highest murder rate in the country. In the zip code where the rioting took place, the unemployment rate is 19.1% — more than twice the national average. Reportedly, less than 60% of high school students graduate.
No jobs+terrible school system = a community with little no hope. The residents of Baltimore are struggling to survive.
Freddie Gray was murdered by the Baltimore police department. He suffered a cruel death. His spine was literally broken and by the time he reached the police station, he had three fractured vertebrae and a crushed voice box. It then took the police 45 minutes before they reached the station. No one is sure what happened during that time and we still have no idea why he was arrested in the first place.
Although the arresting officers were suspended for their actions, we’re still don’t have any answers.
The reality is they don’t care about us or our community until it becomes the next talking point on CNN, MSNBC or Fox News. Cable news pundits are quick to point out that the businesses in our neighborhoods are burning, but the reality is that we don’t own these businesses. When we go into those businesses, we aren’t treated with respect. We have no allegiance to these so called businesses in our community.
Unfortunately, it is also a grim reality that when the flames are out, folks get self-righteous on social media. All of a sudden, people care about the CVS pharmacy and what the media thinks of us. Why? They don’t think of us any other time.
Black people are literally on the news every single day because they have been murdered by the police. Just this week alone, we’ve lost Terrance Kellom and Hector Morejon. It’s only Wednesday! This as we still reel from the devastating decision in the Rekia Boyd case.
We are more than sick and tired. We are through.
Black rage and pain has always made white people uncomfortable and scared. It’s only when you threaten property or disrupt the status quo that anything about your Blackness and Black neighborhood concerns them.
Neighborhoods in Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit have had to get comfortable with terrible conditions for decades. There are still blocks in cities across the country that were never rebuilt after the 1968 riots.
Sadly, by the time you read this piece, another Black person will probably be killed by the police. Because we are killed by the police every 28 hours. Just let that sink in.
While I’m not out there throwing rocks at the police, I understand.
Our rage and pain is real and we will be heard.
Baltimore Is Burning: Stunning Photos That Show The Real Story
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2. The Children Are InvolvedSource:Getty 2 of 32
3. Baltimore Protestors Involve Their KidsSource:Getty 3 of 32
4. The AGGRESSIVE PoliceSource:Getty 4 of 32
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6. Baltimore Man Hurt During ProtestSource:Getty 6 of 32
7. Woman Held Back By Man At ProtestSource:Getty 7 of 32
8. Woman Demonstrating A Lie-InSource:Getty 8 of 32
9. Balitmore Residents Flee During ProtestSource:Getty 9 of 32
10. Police Officer Gets HurtSource:Getty 10 of 32
11. Children Involved In Baltimore ProtestsSource:Getty 11 of 32
12. Police Stand Off Against ProtestersSource:Getty 12 of 32
13. An Intense Stand OffSource:Getty 13 of 32
14. Balitmore Residents Band TogetherSource:Getty 14 of 32
15. Intense ProtestersSource:Getty 15 of 32
16. Hands UpSource:Getty 16 of 32
17. Passionate Protesters Calling Out PoliceSource:Getty 17 of 32
18. Balitmore PoliceSource:Getty 18 of 32
19. Baltimore Police Dept. Vs. ResidentsSource:Getty 19 of 32
20. A Child Joins The Baltimore ProtestsSource:Getty 20 of 32
21. We Want A Revolution!Source:Getty 21 of 32
22. Beautiful Little Girls ProtestingSource:Getty 22 of 32
23. Hands Up!Source:Getty 23 of 32
24. Black Balitmore Residents Stand TogetherSource:Getty 24 of 32
25. Hands UpSource:Getty 25 of 32
26. Passionate DemonstatorsSource:Getty 26 of 32
27. A Fight Breaks OutSource:Getty 27 of 32
28. No Justice No PeaceSource:Getty 28 of 32
29. Riot Gear Police OfficersSource:Getty 29 of 32
30. The Police Barricade The NeighborhoodSource:Getty 30 of 32
31. A Stand OffSource:Getty 31 of 32
32. Black Men Vs. The PoliceSource:Getty 32 of 32
Black Rage Is Valid, Even When It Makes White People Uncomfortable [OPINION] was originally published on hellobeautiful.com