„Thugs“ and „rough rides“: the hypocrisy of selectively condemning violence in Baltimore

Of Means and Ends

Protests in Baltimore After Funeral Held For Baltimore Man Who Died While In Police Custody

Photo from a collection of Baltimore protest photos at Slate.

Protests over the tragic death of Freddie Gray continue in Baltimore, and like clockwork dogwhistle words like „thug“ and misdirection like blaming the breakdown of the „family structure“ are on the upswing. Whatever debates one wants to have about tactics, we must not forget a crucial fact: people are reacting viscerally to years of violent oppression, oppression that deserves far more attention and outrage than what’s being directed now at mostly peaceful protests. Oppression that, in the age of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Rekia Boyd, and so many more, is clearly not going away without a fight, whatever dubious claims one wants to make about our „post-racial“ society.

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