I am an African American male born and raised in West Baltimore, not far from the area where Freddie Gray lost his life and the subsequent unrest that followed. I, myself, even had incidents in which I have had to deal with overzealous police officers. As many others are, I am sorry for the unfortunate incident involving Mr. Gray and all the other Mr. Grays across this city, state and nation regardless of race, creed or nationality. However, I want to take this opportunity to speak to all those who have protested throughout this city whether at City Hall, the courthouse and everywhere in between.
Although I commend your efforts I must ask of you these questions: Where are you when children are mistakenly shot in the streets minding their business? Where are you when our young men and women are slaughtered in the streets regardless of the lives they led?
Where are you when your child's school is having PTA meetings? Where are you when drug dealers and gang members cause you to turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the crimes happening right in front of your door?
Where are you when it's time and energy and effort is needed to make sure that other Freddie Grays become productive citizens and not statistics? Where are you on Election Day?
Now, when these trials are over whatever the outcome is, I ask as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. asked in his marvelous little book, "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?"
Rev. Dante K. Miles