Monday, April 27, 2015

Justice for Freddie Grey

On a clear day like April 25, 2015, revolutionaries of all colors and ages and from all different parts of  the United States, gathered together in unity, to march for justice  for the latest murder by police of an unarmed man who did not draw a weapon yet still has become a statistic.

Marchers were lead from the area which the murder took place, to City Hall where Malik Zulu Shabazz of Black Lawyers for Unity said, “this neighborhood had bad things happen in it. These here men are taking a stand on the front lines on the political struggle for equality.”


 Throughout the streets, hundreds marched chanting “all night; all day; we will fight for Freddie Grey!” and “Ignite! Convict! Send those killer cops to jail! The whole damn system is guilty as hell.”

Quinn 17 and Makayla 15 from Minnesota thought the

march for justice was a good cause to support.  With arms

interwoven with folks of all ages and colors, the scene

was very reminiscent of olden days when Martin Luther King Jr lead his peaceful

protests, also aiming for change.

 As the marchers marched,  cars joined into what began as a peaceful protest, throughout the streets of Baltimore, MD, also holding up signage and beeping while the marchers chanted and made sure the community knew that they would not remain silent.

Andrea McGee from Baltimore, MD wore a rag covering her mouth throughout the entirety of the protest stating that it was, “in honor of the people whose voices cannot be heard anymore because they were silenced by murder by the police.”  


To tenor saxophonist, Alvin Rogers, the youth hold the power and while holding up his signage that said, “We Shut Shit Down,” he rooted the youth on stating that “young people supporting causes such as the one in Baltimore was good for humanity.”


My thoughts

I have to admit, I left the scene while it was still civil. I felt this calmness in considering the ideas of Martin Luther King Jr’s peaceful protests and I also admit I was a little bit perturbed and disgusted at the idea of the unrest and rioting; even to the point of canning my pics and ideas taken as I walked with other revolutionaries fighting for what was right.


But can you blame us for being upset?  We deserve justice. It is overdue. We deserve to be treated fairly and not just as a number with darker skin that makes it alright to treat any old way. The injustice has to stop.  I stand in solidarity with the message that many of the protestors carried and waved in the air, “Cops are people. Indict them too!”

Please check out the following slideshow: "Rally in Baltimore, MD, April 25, 2015."

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