Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Cognizant dissonance in Baltimore
The riots in Baltimore were officially sanction by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who said, “It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”
In the wake of that and the indictments of six police officers for doing their jobs, arrests are down 32% and murders are up 40%. But the people of Baltimore still do not get it.
Via Breitbart, Malacka Reed El told CNN: “I don’t think the police are doing their jobs, but I do not think that it’s all of the police. We do have some police officers that are doing their jobs.”
But just a few days ago, she protested construction of a new juvenile detention center, and encouraged others to join the protest: "We have to stand strong, and we have to represent each other and we have to stand for our children. These are our babies that are being positioned to be incarcerated. Our dream is for them to go to college and be so much more."
That protest was led by Reverend Jamal Bryant, a community organizer, who said: "State of Maryland, brace yourself, because you've got nine more times. Nine more times you are going to hear from us."
Later, Reverend Bryant went on the same CNN show and said: “It’s almost akin to having a substitute teach in the middle of the semester who turns a blind eye, doesn't know the students, and is not, in fact, giving a grade. And so it’s a very dangerous time in our city when crime is going up, but arrests are going down.”
Arrests down, crime up. Is he bragging or complaining?