Monday, May 4, 2015

News Briefs, Baltimore

This is a difficult topic for me to write about.  So I'm just going to write a bit about my thoughts on the issue, and where I think the media has been pushing our public consciousness.  Just as I think it's a difficult topic for people to talk about, but the narrative is something we have to discuss and live with for generations after. Baltimore. What is happening in Baltimore right now is almost surreal, and represents,  to me, an escalation of public outrage.
I'm almost wondering where and when the tipping point will take place.
In the wake of the police brutality and citizen outrage we have curfews being set for 10 pm in order to discourage any more conflict.
Many of the city streets are looking rather war torn, the national guard called in, and police lining the streets, armed, making hundreds of arrests on people whom were supposedly involved in rioting. The conditions within the prisons were often times very claustrophobic and dirty. In one women's prison, due to over capacity, there were near ten people within a cell struggling to find a place to sleep.
Some were also arguing that the mayor perhaps waited far too long before even calling the national guard in order to protect his citizens.
And I'm not sure what's worse, the public reacting to the unnecessary spinal rupture of Freddie Gray, or the fact that during many of the lootings around the city, police were called to the scene and never responded.
Where does this leave us as a country?
Where does this leave our historical narrative on race and police brutality?
It's shocking, horrific, and at the same time just a series of building tension that's been mounting around U.S. cities for years.
From the South to the West, the Midwest and the North, there seems to be no peace concerning this issue, and there very well can't be. We need to be vocal and about these issues as they continue destroying layers of our country's generations.
There were also numbers of peaceful protests and marches all over the city in response to Freddie Gray's murder by the police. But the fact that we see the media controlling and manipulating the images of Baltimore rioters tells us something about the information we receive as a country as well. It isn't all that wonderful. Looting and violence has been the complete focus of the Baltimore conflict. And the media has been doing the same thing with almost any conflict it covers for decades. Violence is blown up colorfully for the world to see. Giving viewers a false idea of the wholeness of the problem.

I guess my question is, where do we go from here? What can we do to make a lasting change? Can we even make a lasting change?

Any way, food for thought.


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