What The Media Isn’t Showing You About Baltimore

Jessica Renae Buxbaum
News outlets and TV channels were quick to show chaotic images of looting, vandalism and arson in Baltimore, but the violent message the media is portraying is not the full reality the city is experiencing.

Baltimore protester

Cop cars smashed and torched, buildings set on fire and stores broken into — the media is quick to paint the Baltimore riots as a scene straight out of an apocalypse movie when the reality is not only anger and frustration emerging from decades-long racism and police brutality, but more so a community brought together by a common cause and peacefully demonstrating in unity. Baltimore is not a city full of “thugs” and “savages”, but rather normal citizens just trying to do the right thing.

These images show you what the media refuses to talk about.

Citizens volunteered to clean up the city after last night’s riots.

Protesters even helped clean up the mess left after a CVS pharmacy was looted and burned down.

Baltimore protesters clean up CVS

A group of African-American men in suits, reportedly thought to be from the Nation of Islam, banded together to disperse violent crowds.

Nation of Islam disperses crowds

A Michael Jackson impersonator entertained the crowds by dancing in the street.

Baltimore’s 12 O’Clock Boys, a notorious group of dirt bike riders, amused protestors were their impressive wheelie tricks.

Peaceful protests continue in the streets of Baltimore as groups of drummers, percussionists and martial artists joined together on Tuesday at the intersection of W. North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue — an area that was ravaged by vandalism complete with a torched CVS — to spread “positive community energy in the place where violence occurred yesterday.”

Over the weekend 10,000 people marched together peacefully in Freddie Gray’s honor despite news reports that labeled the protests as violent and destructive.

The media loves to play up the drama although violence is not the majority in Baltimore.

Baltimore Police Department issued a warning Monday afternoon that rival gang members from the  Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips were joining together to kill “all white police officers.” Yet these gang members have denied such reports.

“We want to tell the people of the city right now, of Baltimore City, that the image that they’re trying to portray of the gangs in Baltimore — The BGF, The Bloods, The Crips — we did not make that truce to harm cops,” one gang member told WBAL-TV.

Rival gang members agreed to a ceasefire and have united together with the Nation of Islam to support the Freddie Gray protests. Another gang members told the TV station they have tried to stop vandalism, but their efforts have been prevented by police.

 “We’ve been out here all day trying to prevent people from breaking the stores, (but) they hit us with a bomb, they burned my shirt, they ripped it and we were still standing right there, but we came right back there holding hands together and we march together, we’re still holding strong, and we want them to stop hurting us so we can just live our life and keep going.”

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