Archive | April, 2015

Chaos in Baltimore

30 Apr

Recent weeks have brought riots in Baltimore, an earthquake in Nepal, and more chaos in the Middle East.  The country’s attention has been mainly on what is happening in Baltimore.  Riots broke out this past week after an African-American man died of injuries he sustained while being arrested.  The city has had protests, non-violent and violent.  I condemn rioting in any form but we must realize why people are upset, rather than just criticize.

In recent years, several high profile cases of police misconduct or brutality have happened around the country.  These aren’t the first instances of police brutality, just the ones that have been getting the most publicity.  That brings us to Baltimore, where things have erupted into all-out chaos.  I don’t think riots in Baltimore are only about race.  An article from the Washington Post points out the problems in Baltimore. (What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who’s lived there for over 30 years)

The article points out income-inequality among the poor parts of Baltimore compared to the rest of the city.  It also shows the tension between rich and poor areas in Baltimore.  As I said before, there isn’t one single reason why the rioting broke out but the article outlined some key reasons.  I also think that (as is mentioned in the article) that the conduct of the police has caused problems.  In the wake of the riots, recent news reports have stated that that Baltimore police have had to pay settlements because of police brutality.

Everything that I mentioned is a recipe for disaster by itself but together are extremely violate.  The issues in Baltimore will not be fixed overnight, or even in a few months.  The riots will likely subside soon, but the problems will remain.  There needs to be something done about the police force and to fix the economic problems in the city.  Baltimore has a long way to go but there path to resurgence is by no means impossible.

The attitude of the police needs to be addressed as well as the economic problems in the city.Baltimore has a long way to go, but it is within the realm of possibility that changes can be made.

  1. “What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who’s lived there for over 30 years”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/28/what-you-really-need-to-know-about-baltimore-from-a-reporter-who-lived-there-for-30-years/