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  • Wandering Eye: Revisiting 'In Defense of Looting,' the effectiveness of charter schools, and more

    Wandering Eye: Revisiting 'In Defense of Looting,' the effectiveness of charter schools, and more
    Considering the amount of attention that's been given to the vandalism that occurred during Saturday's Freddie Gray protests, it seems worthwhile to reread a perspective on vandalism and looting that's a bit different from the usual disapproving tone. During the protests in Ferguson last August, Willie Osterweil wrote "In Defense of Looting" for The New Inquiry, which argues that "For most of America's history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting." Even if you don't agree with his thesis, it's a fascinating read, and the discourse surrounding Ferguson that he cites eerily mirrors the discourse that's been surrounding the Baltimore protests so far: "When protesters proclaim that 'not all protesters were looters, in fact, most of the looters weren't part of the protest!' or words to that effect, they are trying to fight a horrifically racist history of black people depicted in American culture as robbers and thieves . . . However, in trying to correct this media image—in making a strong division between Good Protesters and Bad Rioters, or between ethical non-violence practitioners and supposedly violent looters—the narrative of the criminalization of black youth is reproduced. This time it delineates certain kinds of black youth—those who loot versus those who protest. The effect of this discourse is hardening a permanent category of criminality on black subjects who produce a supposed crime within the context of a protest. It reproduces racist and white supremacist ideologies (including the tactic of divide-and-conquer), deeming some unworthy of our solidarity and protection, marking them, subtly, as legitimate targets of police violence. These days, the police, whose public-facing racism is much more manicured, if no less virulent, argue that 'outside agitators' engage in rioting and looting. Meanwhile, police will consistently praise 'non-violent' demonstrators, and claim that they want to keep those demonstrators safe." Commissioner Anthony W. Batts has, indeed, been insisting that "a minority of out-of-town instigators caused the violence," even though "online court records Sunday showed that only three of those arrested during Saturday's protests were from outside Maryland," according to The Sun. (Anna Walsh)
  • What happened to Freddie Gray? Former cops and arrestees shed light on the question tearing Baltimore apart

    What happened to Freddie Gray? Former cops and arrestees shed light on the question tearing Baltimore apart
    Nobody knows just how Freddie Gray’s spinal cord ended up severed in the back of a police transport wagon on April 12. Nobody knows why the cops are stationed behind barriers. The members of the thin blue line space themselves about five paces...

    The Hennessy Heist

    [caption id="attachment_20699" align="alignleft" width="139"] Half full? Hardly.[/caption] It was a little blurb in the Sun's police blotter yesterday: On Sunday morning, March 16 at about 5 a.m., someone stole a truck full of cognac on the 7000 block...

    @BaltoBeerBaron Looks Back On The Liquor Board: Top 10 Outrageous Moments

    [caption id="attachment_21270" align="alignleft" width="150"] Outgoing Liquor Board Chairman, Stephan Fogleman, once quoted The Smiths in a hearing.[/caption]10) Angry Pizza Purveyor: A Hollins Market Pizzeria owner was so frustrated with her server...

    Heartless Bastards Rip Off 2640 Space

    Excuse the headline editorializing, but what happened Monday night at 2640 Space, home to everything from punk shows to lectures, is clearly a double-asshole move. According to collective member An Byrne and 2640's web site, sometime between 5 p.m. Monday...