#Baltimore, BMore

Here’s the thing:
‪#‎Baltimore‬ is a city whose relationship with law enforcement and the lie of protect and serve has been in a pressure cooker for over 20 years. It is a city whose education system has all but been destroyed, its people distraught and overrun with poverty, addiction, racism, gentrification and violence as far back as I can remember. The ‪#‎FreddieGray‬ murder can become a catalyst for change or chaos and I am not entirely sure one can happen without the other. So, when an O’s game interferes with the pressure in this cooker and onlookers and visitors antagonize and agitate in the midst with ill will, it is tantamount to poking a herd of full-grown sleeping bears. #Baltimore is not Ferguson. You do not understand how bad this can get. Keep in mind The Wire was greatly romanticized, a show made for television. The undercurrent, the bubbling of this boil is a threat to life as we know it. I am a daughter of this city — please join me in prayer for peace.

‪#‎PrayForBaltimore‬… A few facts:
1. This is not new. ‪#‎FreddieGray‬’s death is a tragedy, but his is far from the first. National attention does not change this fact.
2. This ain’t Ferguson. ‪#‎Baltimore‬ is not some small obscure city. It is one with a long history or civil disobedience, protest, unrest, violence and extremes.
3. The idiots tearing the city apart has nothing to do with peaceful protest. They are merely opportunists. The worst kind. The same kind of opportunists that will try to turn the issue of police brutality into something other than the truth we see before our eyes.

The people with the power to change this are reading this. The time has come. (I don’t want to hear about how you put on for your city when all you put on is a t-shirt, a selfie, and a front.) The time has come to put on some courage. Put on the full armor. Put on the movement.

WE all have a dog in this fight. Fight well. Fight right. Fight for the greater good. Fight for peace. Fight for your lives. Baltimore is a city rich with history and culture. It is a city on the verge of recreating both. Choose ye this day.

* In other news, Hopkins does NOT want a Chik-Fil-A. I repeat: Johns Hopkins University does not want a Chik-fil-a.* (I will be taking your questions on what is important.) Stay tuned.