Protests and Respectability Politics: Why It's About Time We Let Baltimore Speak
May 28, 2015 at 1:30 am
These and many other protests of late have caused division on a nationwide scale and more noticeably within the Black community as people weigh in on the efficacy, purpose and justification of the “Baltimore riots.” Some argue that the protests are pointless and that citizens are destroying their own cities in a way that doesn’t help the movement and only hurts themselves. Others argue that Baltimore has a right to hurt and to express that however they see fit given that this maltreatment at the hands of police officers has been ongoing
Regardless of your point of view, I think we can all agree that the community in Baltimore itself is at the center of what’s happening in the city, and too often we heed and internalize critique and sometimes even judgement from people that cannot identify with the people affected. Whether that be due to not living in an inner-city neighborhood before, never being followed by police just for walking home or just not being Black, it’s time we let those who are feeling the death of Freddie Gray most personally raise their voices. It’s easy to have an opinion or a “right answer” to a problem you only have to experience on paper, but it’s different when that’s your everyday
Hot 97’s morning show “Ebro in the Morning” interviewed Baltimore protesters and natives on their opinions on the death of Freddie Gray. In this interview they clear up media misconceptions, explain why it might be more of a class issue and what the indictment could mean for Baltimore from the point of view from a native
Check it out below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IERbVadPvA
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