Thursday, April 30, 2015

In Good Faith: Baltimore's burst bubble

From Utica NY-

There was an adage growing up in white Baltimore that declared, “70 percent of Baltimore is black; the rest of us all know each other.” I recall being vaguely uncomfortable whenever I heard it — the product of liberal parents — but also thinking, well, there is some truth to that.

And therein lies the problem. Despite all the rhetoric, Baltimore, like many urban areas, has remained a segregated city — geographically, socio-economically, religiously, politically. The forces of income inequality and institutional racism, combined with the tragic and preventable death of Freddie Gray, have sparked the inevitable outburst of despair triumphing over hope.

As the Episcopal bishop of Maryland put it in a sermon he preached on Tuesday afternoon, “We are in an official state of emergency, but we are also in an unofficial state of despair.”

More here-

No comments: