Protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland gripped the city this week and prompted a series of news reports and social media posts reflecting the unrest that has unfolded.
Gray died on April 19 after sustaining a spinal cord injury from an arrest -- and his death has fueled protests, many peaceful but some violent, in response to the ongoing issues of police brutality and officer killings of black men and women.
Much like the reaction to protests in Ferguson, some naysayers suggest that the police "made a mistake," that police protect themselves in "self defense," that if black men didn't commit "so many" crimes, none of this would happen. These same people deflect the blame for poor police treatment on black communities rather than addressing the underlying systemic issues disproportionally affecting black lives. In so many words, Freddie Gray is responsible for his own death.
Those troubling theories are exactly why the protests are necessary. Demonstrators have raised their voices against those misconceptions through protest, and have reinforced their thoughts online and on TV.
To provide a deeper understanding of the uprisings that have occurred and why, here are 12 posts and photos spreading through Twitter and Tumblr that send important messages no one should miss.
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) April 28, 2015
Yall worried about how we "look". We are laid out in the street dead then handcuffed in cold blood. That's how we look
— Ariellé (@_Urri) April 25, 2015
— King of Wakanda (@tallblacknerd) April 28, 2015
*Media thoughts on Baltimore* “MLK is probably spinning in his grave right now!”
"…how’d he get into that grave?"
— BLACK POWER ranger (@MalcolmLondon) April 28, 2015
White privilege = getting to decide what type of violence is acceptable in our society #BaltimoreUprising
— Rachel Zuckerman (@rachelzuckerm) April 29, 2015
The same people who said "not all men" abuse women and "not all cops" are violent racists are saying "yes all black people" are thugs.
— Twitnter Is Coming (@OhNoSheTwitnt) April 28, 2015