On Thursday a video surfaced of a young Baltimore activist by the name of Joseph Kent, being arrested live on CNN. Many people we concerned that something may have happened to the young man. Apparently, he was arrested and taken into custody after being told that nothing would happen to him if he was able to calm the the crowd and as long as he left by curfew.
So the protests that started in Baltimore this past week have spread into other cities. New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and many more have begun to stand in solidarity with the protests over the recent death of Freddy Gray.
Despite popular opinion, the frustration that have led to the protests that have taken over Baltimore didn't being with the death of Freddy Gray. It is something that has been bubbling under the surface for decades now. With the recent tragedy of Gray, those frustrations finally boiled over and spilled over into the streets. But there's one question that needs to be answered here. Why are the people of Baltimore so angry? Well the good people over at AJ+ have an theory on why people are so upset:
It appears the media, Fox News in particular, have worn out their welcome in the city of Baltimore. The protesters are fed up with being labeled thugs and animals and some city officials didn't seem too pleased with it either.
Deja Vu all over again! It seems that every time a police officers kills a Black male, the media diverts people's attention away from the real issue at hand. Over the past week, the big story in Baltimore hasn't been the brutal killing of Freddy Gray at the hands of the Baltimore Police Department...nope! The focus has been the riot that broke out on Monday. Though there were two days of peaceful protest prior to Monday that got little to no media coverage and there hasn't been any violent protest since, Monday seems to be the only thing the media, and people on social media, want to talk about. News outlets looking for ratings, attention starved people on social media looking for likes and retweets...that to me is more sickening than the riots themselves. Well I feel it is our responsibility as The Urban Advocate to be the voice of the people and show you what mainstream media won't show.
Remon is a multi-media personality. He is the founder of The Urban Advocate, co-host of The Vincent Tucker Radio Show and videographer.