I've probably read more than 50 articles about the current #BaltimoreUprising.
Some of my favorites so far have been:
As I’ve read these my internal mental dialog has been something like this, “Yes yes, yes, yes, good point, interesting, yes, yes.”
But then my cousin sent me one that made me skip a beat: Baltimore is a Shithole, which adeptly contrasts the protests and riots in the city with the simultaneous scene at The Maryland Cup, a prestigious horse race out in the country. The juxtaposition is sharp.
The author does a good job at capturing The Maryland Cup.
The carelessness –
“The crowd clapped and cheered as the horses galloped to the finish line. The air filled with cigar smoke. Champagne was popped. A woman in a purple tweed skirt suit with immaculately styled gray hair sashayed across the lawn, making the social rounds. A teenage girl stumbled, clutching her boyfriend.”
The resentment -
(quoting a source) The media distorts,” he said. “Every time a black person dies, the media covers it. If it was a white person, we wouldn’t be out here talking about it.
The disconnection –
(quoting a source) “It’s sad what happened to this guy, but let the police do their job. I feel these people protesting, I really do. But if the police really did something wrong, it’s going to come out.”
And the fashion –
“Girls in punch-colored sundresses and Jack Rogers sandals or Hunter wellington boots, boys in bowties, pants and blazers in pastel shades of pink, mint green, yellow and blue.” (To be sure, preppy people wear some ridiculous clothes but I'm not sure it's fair to hold that against them.)
It’s all familiar. This is the culture in which I was raised. I haven't been to this race but I have been to events like it. I know these institutions. I know these people. I'm surprisingly sympathetic and defensive of the random, jovial, embroidered-animal-panted guy photographed for the article.Read More