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Why Baltimore burns for Freddie Gray

There are fires in Baltimore. This may add fuel to them, but so be it: Freddie Gray's April 19th death while in police custody is almost entirely about race. Sure, it's about community policing policies and standards. It's also about the economic disparities that paralyze many of Baltimore's poorest residents and communities. But those are proximate explanations for a shared, underlying cause: race. I say that not knowing what results the investigation into police actions will yield. Perhaps there will be some perfectly reasonable explanation why Gray's spinal cord was nearly severed. Maybe some of the officers responsible were black, just like the...