Explanations and Thoughts On Baltimore Riots

Orioles COO Offers Perspective On Riots

Above John Angelos, COO of the Baltimore Orioles, and song of the team owner, offers an explanation for the Baltimore riots.  It is worth reading.  Key part:

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

Nonviolence as Compliance is what Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in The Atlantic.  Coates is from Baltimore.  HIs article is also really worth reading.  A sample:

The money paid out by the city to cover for the brutal acts of its police department would be enough to build “a state-of-the-art rec center or renovations at more than 30 playgrounds.” Instead, the money was used to cover for the brutal acts of the city’s police department and ensure they remained well beyond any semblance of justice.

I used to live in the North East.  I remember driving to a gig in Baltimore one time through a neighborhood that looked like a bombed out Baghdad.  Many of you that have never seen such a place wouldn’t believe it was in the U.S.  I personally have no understanding of what it would mean to live in such an oppressive place day after day.  The fact that we allow whole sections of our citizenry live in such places is shameful.  The fact that those citizens are constantly the targets of state violence is obscene.


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