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Op-Alt: The demands that black people have are not controversial

Op-Alt: The demands that black people have are not controversial

The weather is hazy and hot when the crowd of about 200 people gather at McKeldin Square on Friday, July 8. There is an open mic for anyone who wants to speak, and they do—passionately. They speak about the unfair distribution of wealth in this city, about police power, about ineffective politicians.

While they talk, I look up at the tall buildings that surround the Inner Harbor. I think of how exposed and vulnerable we all are. I think about how the heat makes this part of the world feel like the air has been sucked out, like someone wrapped us in steaming, soaking wet blankets. I think about the two men who people here are gathered to remember—Alton...

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