Over the weekend, mostly peaceful protestors took to the streets of Baltimore to remember the life of Freddie Gray and also to bring awareness of the injustice of the event. Gray was arrested a few weeks ago in Baltimore and then mysteriously died from a broken neck while in police custody. On Saturday night, the peaceful protests turned violent as a splinter group took to Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles were playing a game. Vandalism and minor injuries were suffered outside the stadium. This caused a WBAL broadcaster to take to Twitter to complain about the protestors.
“People of a community should be able to commute, commerce should happen & citizens who want to go to a ballgame should be able to go. (3/4)”
“And any really important message out of these protests is lost when the rest of the community is disrupted. (4/4)”
Orioles COO John Angelos sent Hollander a thorough and thoughtful defense of the protesters, all through Twitter.
Brett speaking only for myself I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this proper precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts group but is focued rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the US to 3rd world dictatorships like China and others plunged tens of millions of good hard working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the US and while we are thankful no on was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.