[By: Travon Bracey]
It was really hard for me to talk about the Baltimore Riot, because I was still trying to get an understanding of what caused the eruption. Then, a lot of people had different feelings about the event, however, I finally can say that I have a few words to say about it. I really hate that the media promotes these things for the world to see, however, it is good to show what was going on, because that lets me know that our country has a lot of issues that has yet been resolved. I felt that history is repeating itself. Baltimore was known of having a riot in the mid to late 1960s. This city is known as the most African American populated city in the United States. With that said, police brutality isn't something that this city was going to put up with. Some people compared this event to Ferguson's last year event with Michael Brown, but this situation is much different, because Baltimore is a much bigger and African American-cultivated city with more than half of the police department and the government offices there contain a massive set of black individuals. Freddie Gray, a 25 year old African American male, was arrested for having an illegal switchblade. What escalated the situation was the fact that the police caused a fatal spinal injury to the point where Fred could not function. He ended up in the hospital and in one week he died. During and/or after his funeral, the city of Baltimore corrupted into violence where they were throwing rocks at the polices, destroying property, and loitering all around. Angry protesters started to even destroy businesses, such as a CVS/pharmacy store and even lit a police car on fire.
My issue with this event is that fact that so much police brutality is happening in the African American community. This has been initially a problem to the society for decades, including during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. I understand that people are tired of this shit happening to our community over and over again and in this generation, we have had enough of the foolishness. I applaud for those that stand for what they believe in, but I don't feel there was a need to destroy and create violence in the community. Usually when this had happened in Ferguson last August, I kept thinking about the young generation and how they have to see this. I also think about young black males who are always in this situation with the police. I think about how black mothers have to strongly protect their children from preventing to be in this situation. It broke my heart this was happening in our country.
Hopefully, things will get better between the African American community and the police brutality behind it.