Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. -Proverbs 28:9
Depending on where you are in the world or what media outlets you frequent, you either think the city of Baltimore is full of fed up individuals seeking change or a bunch of savage animals taking advantage of a terrible situation. Unruly riots AND peaceful protests have ensued In the wake of the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died on April 19th as a result of injuries he sustained while in police custody. The citizens of Baltimore can now add their portrayal in mainstream media to their reasons to be outraged. It is very clear that there are people taking the opportunity to loot, destroy property and act out in violence. However, according to local media, those people are the minority.
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Don't fall for the lies and propaganda deliberately being shown by mainstream media. A picture may speak a thousand words, but not always the truth! No mention from the media on how people taunted the protestors downtown and yelled racial obscenities even mocking the death of Freddie Gray. We've seen to many negative images reposted that do not speak the full truth! #wakeup #FreddieGray #blacklivesmatter #baltimore
Baltimore is not the first city to feel this way. In the wake of the death of Mike Brown by law enforcement last August, there were both riots and peaceful protests in Ferguson, Missouri. However, the national media seemed to focus on the negative displays instead of the peaceful ones.
In a generation that already lacks the leadership of the 1960’s civil rights movement, young people are losing the will to stand up and speak out because they feel they will just be demonized by the media. Baltimore blogger, Taylor “Doc” Castle penned an opinion essay on her blog entitled “The ‘Real’ Revolution Will Not Be Televised #ILoveBaltimore” expressing her uneasy feelings regarding the state of racism in the United States and the negative portrayal of the place that she calls home. Taylor makes it clear that she is ranting her opinion from a heartbroken broken place, but outside of a few emotional run-on sentences (and an occasional F-bomb), I think it can be said that her essay speaks to the frustration and confusion of this generation. My favorite parts of her essay is her message to kids to get educated before acting and making it clear that this situation has “awakened” her.
To all the kids who are reading this, you must choose now to learn your history. You need not act before you are educated. Do you see how dangerous it is to go through this? This entire ordeal isn’t transparent enough, and this anger escalating within us is not good, especially coming from a group like us who can’t get past light skin and dark skin…
…I doubt this will be my last post on this. I have been awakened.
She ends with the following statement that I think would be asked by anyone watching these events unfold in their backyard.
I ask that anyone who lives outside of my city to turn to the World Wide Web for real accounts of what my city is doing in honor of Freddie Gray and not CNN. I ask you to read about what we are really going through from us. I ask that you empathize for us. I ask that you pray.
Freddie is being laid to rest today in Baltimore, Maryland. #PrayingforBaltimore #PrayingForOurCountry…
Read Taylor’s essay in it’s entirely here.