Riot is such an intense word, but still can’t capture the tragedy and horror of what riots really mean.
In my homeland of California, we’ve had our share. They aren’t revolution, as revolutions have purpose. The spark of this riot was a protest following the funeral service for Freddie Gray, a young black man who died last week of injuries sustained after his arrest. Protests are important and vital things, many times with deep purpose, but when it becomes riot, the riot becomes it’s own purpose. Never without reason, but never producing anything worthwhile with violence. I’m a strong advocate for non-violent protest.
There’s been a boiling in America and it seems that the pot has started to overflow. Will it continue? I hope not with all my heart. Watch this array of Instagram videos, not as a voyeur, but as a human who in this digital age gets to see first hand what used to only come through the media.
It makes me weep.
News outlets reported that more than 19 police officers were injured, more than 19 structures and 144 vehicles were burned. More than 200 arrests were made. I started seeing this pop up on BuzzFeed and clicked through the Instagram users to see more.
North Ave. #RightNow #Baltimore A video posted by TrapQueenPhebe. ?????? (@pulchritudinous_empress) on
This is why boy shit like this happens in Baltimore #Baltimorewar #Baltimoreriot #Baltimoreprotest A video posted by Alvaro Sanchez (@ajsanchezp1) on
Last nights rioting hit home. Only blocks down away at this Save A Lot. #baltimoreprotest #baltimore #rioting #looting #eutaw #boltonhill A video posted by Geoff (@tungsten_burner) on
Blowing up cars and crashing them. Sad. #BlackLivesMatter #FreddieGray #Baltimore A video posted by Flashbulb Eyes (@damu_bobb) on
#Baltimoreprotest #Baltimoreriot #Baltimorewar A video posted by Alvaro Sanchez (@ajsanchezp1) on
What I say tonight was going to be bad #Baltimorewar #Baltimoreriot #Baltimoreprotest A video posted by Alvaro Sanchez (@ajsanchezp1) on
Utter craziness A video posted by BE-Z Clothing Comp (@mrbez4ever) on