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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.

  • Overcoming Baltimore's issues

    Overcoming Baltimore's issues

    The recent events in Baltimore are all too familiar to those of us who lived through the late 1960s, when riots broke out in major U.S. cities. President Lyndon Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission in 1967 to investigate the conditions that led to those events. When the commission's report was...

  • Freddie Gray riots devastated small business owners

    Freddie Gray riots devastated small business owners

    The dust appears to have settled in Baltimore, and while the cameras and protesters from around the country have left, our city is still reeling from pain and raw with emotion. As I look around Cherry Hill and the other neighborhoods I have worked in for the past 25 years, I am surrounded by broken...

  • CNN's 'big story' approach to Freddie Gray

    CNN's 'big story' approach to Freddie Gray

    When Jeff Zucker became president of CNN at the beginning of 2013, it was tanking in the ratings. Viewers tuned in when there was a big story but not for regular news or talk shows. Mr. Zucker was the one-time wunderkind producer of the Today show; he was 26 when he took over that show in 1992...

  • Blame O'Malley for the Baltimore riots?

    Blame O'Malley for the Baltimore riots?

    Throughout the governorship of Martin O'Malley, I sat in the Judiciary Committee listening to citizens of Baltimore tell stories about how they were arrested for seemingly innocuous events. Citizens testified that many of these arrests occurred while Martin O'Malley was the mayor of Baltimore and...

  • Toya Graham simply doing what mothers do

    Toya Graham simply doing what mothers do

    A few thoughts about Toya Graham, just in time for Mother's Day. You may not know her name, but you probably know what she did. You've probably seen the viral video of Ms. Graham, during last week's unrest in Baltimore, using some rather pungent language and some open-handed smacks upside the head...

  • Don't hurt my brother

    Don't hurt my brother

    Baltimore illustrator McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter created this poster as part of an effort to raise money for a homeless youth drop-in center that was burned in the rioting. A silent auction of artwork created by local artists will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Gallery 788 to fund rebuilding. 

  • I'm not ready to cheer about Freddie Gray charges

    I'm not ready to cheer about Freddie Gray charges

    The recent announcement by city State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby was the appropriate action needed for the malicious acts perpetrated against Freddie Gray by those sworn to protect us, but I'm not ready to cheer. It was the appropriate action because it holds specific people responsible for the events...

  • Transformative change after Freddie Gray

    Transformative change after Freddie Gray

    The Baltimore community remains focused on the need to get justice for Freddie Gray, supporting his family and continuing to build our community. We need to transform law enforcement by instituting policies that hold officers who abuse their power accountable. We recognize that black lives matter;...

  • In Baltimore, white knights are black

    In Baltimore, white knights are black

    When I think of Baltimore, I don't think of riots or injustice or cruelty — I think about how complete strangers helped two women reach John Hopkins in the blizzard of 1996. That was the blizzard that dumped four feet of snow on the eastern shoreboard and completely paralyzed Baltimore. My brother...

  • Channeling Spiro Agnew in the Baltimore riots

    Channeling Spiro Agnew in the Baltimore riots

    Name a newly elected Republican governor of Maryland with little previous political experience that hailed from the suburbs and had to deal with racial unrest and rioting in the city during his first term. Maryland's current Gov. Larry Hogan? Guess again. How about future Vice President Spiro Agnew....

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