The following are some of my thoughts on the unrest in Baltimore surrounding the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Police Officers.
- It's interesting that during the Peaceful demonstrations throughout most of the day in Baltimore on April 25th, there was little or no media coverage, but when all hell broke loose on Monday, all news networks went live, some through the night.
- It's interesting that with police officers being ambushed and attacked, the most prominent and repeated images broadcasted were of the looting and burning of retail establishments
- It's interesting that on Monday evening Gov Hogan spoke of destruction of property and Law and Order but mentioned nothing about the root cause for the violence.
- It's interesting that none of the Media reports mention that the violence started on Saturday night when spectators threw beers and racial epithets at the protesters.
- It's interesting that the Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard, while explaining that this is not Martial Law, announced her intention to assemble a compliment of up to 5000 guardsmen to restore order to the city. (Good thing its not Martial Law).
- It's interesting that the press wanted to know what took Governor Hogan so long to declare a state of emergency but seemed to loose sight of the fact that it took the city 8 days to begin to investigate the circumstances surrounding Freddy Gray's death.
- It's interesting that when groups of 30 of Bloods and 30 crypts called a truce and untied to stop the violence, the Baltimore Police Department shared on Facebook and Twitter that members of various gangs including the Black Guerrilla Family, Blood, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.
The Baltimore Police Department / Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Blood, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers. This is a credible threat. Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers.
- It's interesting that all of the trouble started at Mondawmin Mall because, apparently, the police shut down transit service, forcing students from six high schools in the surrounding area who use that very bus line to travel to and from school, to be stranded at Mondawmin mall, all pissed off and no place to go.
- It's interesting that when ever I use the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, someone almost always has to respond with All Lives Matter. You just proved my point. Of course all lives matter, but rest assured when ever I use the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, it was in response to a situation where Black lives, in particular, were not being respected. I didn't say #OnlyBlackLivesMatter or #BlackLivesMatterMore and moreover, by adding your anti hashtag you are either saying #IDontCareAboutBlackLivesWhatAboutMe or #IDontUnderstand. If its the former, fuck you very much, if it's the latter, its okay if you don't understand, there are lots of things I don't understand like quantum physics, tertiary polynomial derivatives or Real Housewives of Atlanta. If you don't understand #BlackLivesMatter and you would like to, we can discuss it, or you can just stop at #IDontUnderstand. There are things in life that you wouldn't understand, things... you couldn't understand, things... you shouldn't understand. Get over it.