Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Baltimore Uprising

When Freddie Gray died, Baltimore hit its boiling point and could no longer go along with the status quo of extreme segregation and police violence. As the protests made news across the country, the national media ran footage of fires and looting on loop for days, but those of us in the city saw more than that. We saw people gathering to clean up neighborhoods and celebrate their communities, organizers working to make sure children would have lunch and a place to gather when schools were closed, musicians and actors putting on free performances for the city, and protesters fighting to make sure we didn’t forget about the bigger structural problems at hand. Yes, Baltimore may be deeply fucked up in a lot of ways, but the uprising gave us the chance to fight some of those problems, and reminded us of all the reasons why this city is worth fighting for.

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