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THE “STATE OF EMERGENCY” IN MY TOWN!

This article looks at some of the positive events occurring in Baltimore that are not being discussed.  The author discussed the clergy and how they stood arm in arm trying to restore peace.  How they put their own lives at risk, I believe because they know how important the real issues are.  If we are not careful everything will be overshadowed by the violence that is exploding on the streets.  The truth:  The police are out of control and they have been for years. I don’t know anyone that has ever had dealings with the police that believe they are fair and respectful to their personal rights.   The clergy were asked what they thought about a STATE OF EMERGENCY being declared -They said “there has been a State of Emergency way before tonight in Baltimore City, an emergency in poverty, lack of jobs [and] disenfranchisement from the political process.”   This is so true.  There has been a state of emergency in many places that needs attention before people take to the streets.  The riots are taking place because people are angry and fed up.  “The riot is the language of the unheard”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   In a 60 minutes interview with Dr. King he as said this about riots:

“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?…It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”  Dr. Martin Luther King

There are so many things that our government fails to hear.  The cries from those of us caught up in the drug war.  The millions shut out of the mainstream economy because of our social class:  FELON.  The countless many who have served time in prisons and had to work for 1 penny a day for the state because of a minor drug charge.

We live in a country that refuses to spend any money on societies social problems.  We think that gentrification is a solution to poverty.  If we can’t see it …it does not exist.  WE HAVE BEEN SILENCING PEOPLE FOR TOO LONG.  What is the “emergency in your town”?


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