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Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Featured, Passages, Places, Police, Politics | 6 comments

What Media Doesnt Cover: Baltimore

1280px-Baltimore_Inner_Harbor_Skyline_Night_PanoramaI spoke with several persons from Baltimore this week.

What are we not hearing about Baltimore on the news? I asked.


Dozens of ideas about what is actually going on in Baltimore vs what is covered in the perpetual loops on tv news, for instance.

One of the repeating ideas/thoughts was that the mayor of the city of Baltimore
was struggling to keep all under control. That the District Attorney of Baltimore had to walk a line between what needed to be looked at, without sounding/acting in any way like a pre-empting judge/jury.

Another was the idea that Baltimore has several issues, and this regarding some of the Police, is a serious one. And there are additional serious issues ongoing in Baltimore, that have to do with some children born without parents enough to watch over; employment sink hole from factories being pulled by government overseas, some seeing that as betrayal of the people by US Government for its policies of allowing huge companies to leave the US by exporting jobs, while enjoying the tax breaks and good life of living in the US. There are more issues. All needing careful attention and deciding together and… financial support to not take over, but to put a ladder down into the pit and useful things at the top that are sturdy and life-giving for all.

One ongoing event since the looting and burning… that most all spoke about with anywhere from bewilderment to strong assertion and even anger, was that the news media overlooks ‘real life’ and the goodness of people of Baltimore, instead going for repeating and repeating the opposite on tv nightly, and daily. Each person spoke that in Baltimore, the young children, grandmas and grandpas, middle aged men and women, teenagers, veterans, bikers, vets, moms and dads, church groups sometimes singing all the while, have flocked into the streets to clean up the aftermath of the looting, fires. Good people from all levels of Baltimore… sweeping, loading trash bags, hefting, painting, carrying, cleaning, comforting, hugging, listening.

Put that on a loop.


And with love.

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  • shaun

    To trot out an old saw, the news media is interested in the kid who brings a gun to school, not the 3,000 kids who are just getting on with their lives. Baltimore’s problems are deep and complex, and the city’s many fine folks — among them friends of ours — will have to deal with those problems on their own because the media has already moved on.

  • archangel

    Thanks Shaun. I wish all the Batlimorians the best. I know that like the rust belt where I come from, the manufacturing trades were also gutted along the east coast thereby disheartening the people. I heard Clinton recently said, he may have made some mistakes while in office re economy, even though he showed the least amt of deficit. At whose cost? At whose cost. I admire the trades. The very idea that people knew how to make things, and well. That more and more became reduced to running a robot, and then to no job at all. In our neck of the woods, yours too I bet, you had as in fire and police, grandfather, father, son, grandson all working together, sharing stories, eating lunch together. Earning in mid to late 20th century, a halfway to swell wage. I have faith in the people. Very much. But running catch up has to change, to what they call long/short term implementation right now. I believe nothing remains pristine. I believe like my grandmother did, that civil rights has to be fought for every 20 years. It erodes, some climb higher who were once left behind. Good, but it erodes. And more can rise up on the next upswing. Will of the people. I believe in it utterly. Happened before. Many times. Will happen again. Sooner would be better. thanks again Shaun

  • Slamfu

    You know the thing that gets me in Baltimore as opposed to say, Ferguson MO? A lot of the issues with police seem to revolve around not just their lack of accountability, but the seeming, to the point of objective certainty, racism that seems to be a major contributing factor to a lot of these violent incidences with police. Yet Baltimore is a predominantly black community but run by black officials from that community. The mayor, 2/3rds of the city council, the police commissioner, and the chairman of the Public Safety Committee are black, which would lead one to think that issues of racism in the enforcement of laws would be mitigated. This is apparently not the case. If a town run by a minority group can’t get the police in line about how to treat that minority group, the problem is both deeper and more complex than it already seemed. This is worrying to me. Especially since we also have a black President and the head of the Dept of Justice has also been a black person. Pretty much all the way up the law enforcement chain from the streets of Baltimore to the Oval Office. Yet STILL there is this widespread abuse of black people in wildly disproportionate levels. Still justice seems to be a dream in so many minority communities.

    Things are complicated, and no where near as level a playing field as it should be. These are our fellow Americans, and its been 50 years since the Civil Rights movements of the 60’s brought attention and change to the unfairness in the application of our laws, yet still it seems some days like we are back where we started. Sigh.

    • It is both a police problem and a racial problem. It has been noted for a long time that black police officers frequently take on the police culture regarding treatment of minorities.

      • JSpencer

        Yes, a police problem and a racial problem… but mostly an economic problem… imo.

        • Agree it is also an economic problem, but it is hard to rank how much of each.

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