Police Brutality / Racism

Baltimore Explodes. What Next?

Baltimore Explodes

BALTIMORE

Baltimore’s anger isn’t just about the death of yet another young black American at the hands of law enforcement it’s about being forgotten and being left with a devastated economy, a broken education system and few options to articulate that frustration.

The city of Baltimore itself is a paradox on the one hand it’s a growing hotspot destination for Millennials well on the other hand it’s home to almost one in four people who live below the poverty line.  That level of poverty is due in part to the law some 100,000 factory jobs between 1950 and 1995 Baltimore also has the highest incarceration rate in the state of Maryland and the city has paid about 5.7 million dollars over police brutality lawsuits between 2011 and September 2014.


We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America.


At a conference in 2013 at Johns Hopkins University, Vice Provost Jonathan Bagger pointed out that “only 6 miles separate the Baltimore neighborhoods of Roland Park and Hollins Market, but there is a 20-year difference in the average life expectancy.” A 20-year difference? Why aren’t we asking more regularly if they’re OK?

We won’t be OK while there are still two Baltimores


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