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Are The Residents Of Baltimore Who Are Rioting Justified?

With the recent death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Baltimore has erupted in violence and looting. Is this rioting justified?

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Are The Residents Of Baltimore Who Are Rioting Justified?  

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last 24 hours | chicagotribune
Will the Baltimore and Ferguson riots provoke a backlash? - Chicago Tribune

"...If, as a country, we spend the coming months talking about the need to double down on social control in the city, we will have entirely missed both the point and the moment. We'll have missed the chance to talk about how segregated housing drives unequal access to good schools and opportunity, how concentrated poverty perpetuates disadvantage, how thoughtful policies might reverse this cycle. And, what's more, once again, we'll have made the problem worse...." see full article


1305 days ago | economist
Why rioting makes things worse - The Economist
"...Chain stores are rare: residents rely on expensive little shops that sell groceries through hatches in bulletproof screens. Prices are high because competition is weak: few shopkeepers want to work in such a dangerous neighbourhood.The riots will surely make all this worse. More businesses will flee, making jobs even harder to find and groceries even more costly...." see full article


1326 days ago | slate
The Baltimore Riots Weren't Hooliganism. They Were a Protest Against the ... - Slate Magazine

"...o me, the riots reflect fury not just at the police, but at the constraints of the ghetto's retail economy, where the poor pay more. As I see it, the indignity of being roughed up by the cops is of a piece with not being able to afford to shop in your own neighborhood...." see full article


1326 days ago | theweek
Deadbeat black dads aren't the cause of Baltimore's riots - The Week Magazine
"...There are a lot of reasons, and they're complicated, hard to fix, and rooted in history. People, especially young black people, are hopeless, unable to get jobs, and feel harassed...." see full article


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1327 days ago | theweek
What the Baltimore riots exposed - The Week Magazine
"...And every now and then it boils over, when the injustice simply becomes too much to bear when an unarmed man accused of a minor offense is choked to death by a cop, or when an officer shoots and kills an unarmed man eight times in the back, or when an unarmed man in police custody mysteriously ends up with a nearly severed spinal cord and then dies of his injuries...." see full article


1327 days ago | time
The Roots of Baltimore's Riot - TIME
"...When police violence is so common it has its own patois, a city has a problem. But Baltimore's problems have been carefully and colorfully documented for years. While tourists enjoy the Baltimore of the Inner Harbor a growing, high-end, pedestrian-friendly magnet for rising millennials television viewers are more familiar with the Baltimore of The Wire. ..." see full article


1327 days ago | dailycaller
ANTLE: The Riots In Baltimore Aren't Revolutionary | The Daily Caller
"...Sophisticated thinkers want you understand that the mayhem unfolding in Baltimore is not a riot. It is an uprising, an intifada, a revolution, whichever hashtag works best for you...." see full article


1328 days ago | breitbart
Baltimore Riots Explode Leftist Race Myths - Breitbart
"...Baltimore's riots have prompted a state of emergency in the city, as well as the calling of the National Guard. But the riots should also demonstrate conclusively that leftist myths about what drives race riots are just that: myths. It turns out that all the excuses given for the riots in Ferguson simply do not apply to the situation in Baltimore...." see full article


1328 days ago | latimes
In Baltimore, riots appear where urban renewal didn't - Los Angeles Times
"...Now, after it was burned by rioters Monday, it is a bleak symbol, the spot where angry protesters, police in riot gear and live television trucks converge to tell a story of an American city in distress...." see full article


1328 days ago | mic
11 Stunning Images Highlight the Double Standard of Reactions to Riots Like ... - Mic
"...Usually, if a riot involves black people, it's connected to intense episodes of where systemic racism is undoubtedly at work. These episodes include the 1992 Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King beating verdict, the riots in Oakland after the 2009 BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant, and the national outcry immediately following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. That outcry included the city of Baltimore, where blacks now represent roughly 2 out of 3 residents...." see full article


1329 days ago | salon
Baltimores violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy

"...I do not advocate non-violence particularly in a moment like the one we currently face. In the spirit and words of militant Black and Brown feminist movements from around the globe, I believe it is crucial that we see non-violence as a tactic, not a philosophy...." see full article


1329 days ago | hotair
The sickening few in the media who welcomed the Baltimore riots ...
"...Couched in ersatz-intellectual terms is the justification for nearly all senseless gang-related street violence: Subjectively defined violations of an arcane code of respect. Gray's death is a tragedy that demands an investigation and possible criminal prosecutions, if that is the determination made by investigators and a subsequently convened grand jury. Nothing justifies spasmodic episodes of self-destructive aggression, even if you perceive yourself to be regularly disrespected. To suggest otherwise is pitifully juvenile...." see full article


1329 days ago | salon
The medias stunning Baltimore betrayal: Demonizing protesters & giving police brutality a pass

"...The simplest one is: Why would people in Baltimore erupt in the way that they have? (Answer: Maybe it has something to do with the overwhelming levels of poverty they face, or the aforementioned police violence that still runs rampant.)..." see full article


1329 days ago | theatlantic
Nonviolence as Compliance

"...When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise," any more than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise." Wisdom isn't the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community...." see full article


1329 days ago | lastresistance
A Note to Those Trying To Justify the Baltimore Riots - The Last ...
"...Unmitigated rage has been loosed from its cage once again but this time in Baltimore. Stores have been looted and set on fire, police officers have been brutally injured, and the Governor has declared a state of emergency. It's obvious to me that this savage behavior is deplorable, and one would think that this view would be the consensus among all who've seen what's occurring in Baltimore. However, some are comparing the riots to the Boston Tea Party...." see full article


1329 days ago | thedailybanter
The Profound Unfairness of the Baltimore Riots - The Daily Banter
"...It's unfair that the memory of Freddie Gray, the latest victim of unfair police profiling and excessive force, is besmirched by looters and rioters who are effectively spitting on his grave by turning what ought to be peaceful protests into self-serving violence and theft where personal outrage and greed supersede a far more noble cause. The fact is, the looters probably don't care too much who was killed or by whom. They're merely piggy-backing their personal greed and lack of morality onto an entirely unrelated event...." see full article


1329 days ago | hotair
The sickening few in the media who welcomed the Baltimore riots ...
"...Gray's death is a tragedy that demands an investigation and possible criminal prosecutions, if that is the determination made by investigators and a subsequently convened grand jury. Nothing justifies spasmodic episodes of self-destructive aggression, even if you perceive yourself to be regularly disrespected. To suggest otherwise is pitifully juvenile. ..." see full article



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