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Opinions on Freddie Gray & Baltimore unrest

Find submitted op-eds and other opinions on the case of Freddie Gray's death and the resulting protests, demonstrations and riots in Baltimore.

  • The deep roots of racial injustice

    The deep roots of racial injustice

    It was hard not to see history on the TV screen Monday. Burning and looting on the streets of east and west Baltimore recalled the last time the national guard was called out to the city, on an April night 47 years ago following the assassination of Martin Luther King. Conversations about individual...

  • Baltimore takes center stage over Freddie Gray

    Baltimore takes center stage over Freddie Gray

    The scenes unfolding in Baltimore this week have a very familiar feel to them. Like a play you have seen before, like the rerun of a television show. You know what is going to happen next. And everybody is playing their part. The stern politicians talking tough. The preachers invoking scripture,...

  • School lessons to be learned from Freddie Gray

    School lessons to be learned from Freddie Gray

    Baltimore can be proud of its civic response to the rioters and to the criminal charges brought against six police officers. We can be optimistic that police brutality will decrease measurably. But the aftermath of the tragedy of Freddie Gray should be far from over. As a city, state and nation,...

  • TV's Baltimore is not our city

    TV's Baltimore is not our city

    My city is angry. My city is hurting. The recent events that are tearing Baltimore asunder are an unfortunate tipping point that is not simply the result of an isolated incident, nor are they issues that are within anyone's possible understanding to navigate and resolve. The problems are vast and...

  • Changing police mindsets post Freddie Gray

    Changing police mindsets post Freddie Gray

    As a former Baltimore City police officer, a former news reporter on Channel 2, and now a member of the clergy and a law enforcement chaplain in Northern Virginia, I am sad watching what is happening in my beloved hometown. Having served in patrol in the Western District for a short time back in...

  • The drug war killed Freddie Gray

    The drug war killed Freddie Gray

    The tragic deaths of Freddie Gray in Maryland, Michael Brown of Missouri, and Walter Scott in South Carolina are representative of America's institutionalized violence, grounded in our modern era drug war. The American drug war began with President Richard Nixon's 1971 declaration of war, calling...

  • Until Md. lawmakers act, stories like Freddie Gray's will continue

    Until Md. lawmakers act, stories like Freddie Gray's will continue

    The story of Freddie Gray is an all too familiar one. Another young black man dead after an interaction with police, another black life cut short unnecessarily. It's a story that is eerily similar to the story of Tyrone West. West too died in the custody of Baltimore police, and the details surrounding...

  • Baltimore is not your city

    Baltimore is not your city

    "So sad that our city is being destroyed by our own people," one of the many Facebook statuses on my newsfeed read on the night of the riots in Baltimore. The person who wrote it lives in the suburbs of Harford County. For the majority of my life, I, too, have lived in the suburbs of this same...

  • A better future for Baltimore after Freddie Gray

    A better future for Baltimore after Freddie Gray

    At this particularly vulnerable moment in the history of Baltimore, we have a choice. Either we wait for things to return to "normal" — which is not an acceptable state for many residents of our city — or we can seize this moment, when the light shines on the many inequities present in our society,...

  • Baltimore will unite post Freddie Gray

    Baltimore will unite post Freddie Gray

    Baltimore, a city that prides itself on charm and grace, is now in the national spotlight because of its prolonged failure to live up to those aspirations in the treatment of its citizens. Unfortunately, what we are witnessing in Baltimore is the direct result of decades of mistrust between law...

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