Baltimore

thugWell, my entire thoughts and post just got gobbled up by the googles and I am not a happy camper. To summarize…

  • The beautiful mayor calls the rioters “thugs.”
  • No mention of the behaviour of the police officers that caused these riots by murdering an unarmed civilian.
  • No mention of the police officers’ “thuggish” behaviour.
  • Wolf Blitzer tries to do the same as the Mayor. “There’s no excuse for that kind of violence, right?” Blitzer asked.“There’s no excuse for the seven people that the Baltimore Police Department has killed in the last year either, right?” McKesson countered.
  • Looooooong pause. “We’re not making comparison, obviously,” Blitzer said. “I just want to hear you say there should be peaceful protests, not violent protests, in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King?”“You are making a comparison,” McKesson said. “You are suggesting this idea that broken windows are worse than broken spines, right?…Freddie Gray will never be back. Those windows will.”
  • And McKesson did not condone the violence.

WTF  did people think was going to happen? It was only a matter of time. And I really fear for what will happen next.

Nearly forgot this.

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13 Responses to Baltimore

  1. ProfessorCanine says:

    Baltimore broke out in violent riots Monday night, prompting Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) to declare a state of emergency and activate the National Guard. This is not the first time Baltimore has seen this sort of eruption. After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April of 1968, similar swaths of the city were blanketed by protests, looting, and violent clashes with law enforcement — as were other cities around the country.
    The April 1968 riots came months after President Lyndon Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission, released a report that examined the cause of race riots in 1967 and warned that the nation was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” Its recommendations — “programs on a scale equal to the dimension of the problems,” aimed for “for high impact in the immediate future in order to close the gap between promise and performance” and “new initiatives and experiments that can change the system of failure and frustration that now dominates the ghetto and weakens our society,” were largely ignored as the Vietnam War continued to drain government resources.
    As Baltimore and other cities exploded, many public officials and Baltimore citizens described the riots as an inevitable outgrowth of vast racial injustice, in a segregated city with an African American population struggling with poverty and legal discrimination — triggered by a tragic death.
    Here’s what some of them have to say.
    President Lyndon Johnson –
    “What did you expect? I don’t know why we’re so surprised. When you put your foot on a man’s neck and hold him down for three hundred years, and then you let him up, what’s he going to do? He’s going to knock your block off.”
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/04/28/3652006/baltimore-race-riots-1968/

    • lindak1961 says:

      Good video – thanks for posting. What an upside down world we live in when gang members are advocates for peace, and act on it.

    • ProfessorCanine says:

      Mom of the Year Toya Graham issues some discipline to son at riot.

      • titlewave says:

        I give her a ton of credit for getting out there in the thick of it and getting her son out of the situation, but I did cringe a bit at the beating he took.

      • ProfessorCanine says:

        He deserved every slap he got and she’s a hero in my books.

        “Her son immediately lost his tough-guy swagger as his mother pulled the ski mask from his head, clipped him around the ears and yelled: ”Are you for real? Really? This is what you want to do?
        ‘I told you I’d come down here. Didn’t I? Didn’t I?’
        She poignantly added: ‘That’s my only son and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray.
        I cant imagine what Freddie Gray’s mother is going through. I don’t want to lose my son to the streets.
        ‘Is he a perfect boy? No he’s not. But he’s mine.’

        Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3059827/Toya-Graham-Baltimore-mom-speaks-dragging-son-riot.html#ixzz3YhqoCeBA

      • titlewave says:

        I did see an interview with her- she was terrified he might become an other Freddie Gray, and was determined not to let that happen. Whatever it took. That’s exactly how a mom should feel, and I’m sure she was running on fear and adrenalin.

        ProfessoCanine, I applaud her efforts, and I have no idea what I would do in that situation, but as a mom (who is very lucky to never have been faced with such a situation) it hurt me when he was hit and maybe should have kept that to myself, I didn’t mean to diminish her efforts in any way.

  2. MrsGunka says:

    Mama’s, don’t let your babies grow up to be Republicans! They don’t play nice! Today Baltimore. Where tomorrow? Gang violence in Denver tonight? Lot of unrest in many cities tonight. GUNS! Bibles! Racists! Insanity!

    • lindak1961 says:

      My Mama said her Daddy, my Grandpa, said that he voted for a Republican only once in his life, for the GOP Congressional candidate in his NC district in 1952. He claimed it was the worst mistake he ever made – and that’s when Republicans were sane! Imagine what he would think of the gop nowadays.

  3. 40Watt says:

    After Baltimore’s peaceful protests turned violent on Monday night, the local community came together to ward off more riots on Tuesday. Bands and dancers paraded for peace and city pride in front of a torched CVS, while others helped to clean up inside. As night approached, volunteers encouraged residents and the media to get off the streets before the 10pm curfew. The Guardian’s Steven Thrasher reports as day turns to night and tensions surrounding Freddie Gray’s death threaten to rise again in Baltimore.

    Please don’t miss this video – http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2015/apr/29/baltimore-freddie-gray-protests-second-night-video

    And titlewave, we know you applaud the efforts of Toya Graham. As a caring human being, it’s possible to do that while also being affected watching someone – anyone – being hit.

    • 40Watt says:

      Re. Toya Graham –

      The Baltimore native was described as an assistant manager at an alcohol and drug treatment center that offered inpatient and outpatient treatment as well as manages crisis and halfway housing.

      However on Wednesday, she told CBS that she had recently lost a job and had moved home. She said that her son had witnessed her have a tough time.

      ‘He sees me struggle,’ she said. ‘It’s just me and my children. I don’t go out. The only thing I do is church.’

      Graham laughed when she said the first thing that ran through her head when she saw herself on TV, was ‘my pastor is going to have a fit!’

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3059827/Toya-Graham-Baltimore-mom-speaks-dragging-son-riot.html

      (I have a deep dislike of the Daily Mail, but I have overcome my scruples on this occasion. 😉 )

    • titlewave says:

      “Bands and dancers paraded for peace and city pride”
      I love that video. They will not be defeated.

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