Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore – Yahoo News

The Political Agitator response: The writer did a great job. The others can attempt to twist the difference all they like. Lives were lost in Texas and none were lost in Baltimore riot. It is all about RACE and anyone who don’t see it is ignant to what is going on around them be it locally, statewide and nationally.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests — carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cell phones.

The firefight in Waco is raising questions about perceptions and portrayals of crime in America, considering the vehement reaction that the earlier protests got from police, politicians and some members of the public.

Media critics, columnists and civil rights activists are complaining that there appears to be little societal concern about the gunplay at a restaurant in Texas, whereas politicians — including President Barack Obama — described violent looters in Baltimore as “thugs,” and the media devoted hours of television and radio airtime to dissecting social ills that affect the black community. (Source: Read more)

Baltimore and living with the facts of America – News & Observer

The Political Agitator response: When we deal with the root of the problem and then we can deal with the reactions. As long as folks don’t want to deal with the root nothing will change!

During his recent sold-out appearance in Charlotte, heralded civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson pushed the rhetorical button that should be labeled: “Send Conservatives Up Nearest Wall.”

He said the problems facing inner-city African-Americans – elevated poverty, crime and unemployment rates – represent the lingering aftershocks of centuries of slavery and generations of segregation.

He traced the Baltimore riots and nationwide tensions over police shootings of black men back to those twin evils of American history. He threw in a provocative afterthought: We agonized over cars and buildings that went up in flames in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood, but we’ve largely ignored the human suffering unfolding there for generations. (Source: Read more)

Teen faces higher bail than Baltimore cops accused of murder – MSNBC

The Political Agitator response: Well bail amounts for crimes have always been quite interesting however they have a way to come up with them so I don’t know how I can really question the range of bail amounts?

Allen Bullock, a Baltimore teen arrested for smashing a police car window with a traffic cone amid the Freddie Gray protests last week, is reportedly being held on a higher bail than the officers charged on Friday in Gray’s death.

Bullock, 18, who voluntarily surrendered to authorities at the urging of his parents, is being held on $500,000 bail, while the six officers accused in the Gray case were held on a range of $250,000 to $350,000, according to the Associated Press. NBC News has confirmed that all six officers arrested for Gray’s death have since been bailed out. Bail hearings are not open to the public in the state of Maryland. (Source: Read more)

Baltimore Maryland: When We Get To The Root Cause Then The Reaction Can And Will Be Understandable!

When we get to the root cause then the reaction can and will be understandable.

Nobody want to talk about the root cause but only the reaction.

When they announce what really happened to Freddie Gray hell I think that the reactions from the angry could be far worse than what we have seen up until now.

Waiting and watching!

The Dominant White Response to Baltimore Shows Why Black Residents are Justified in their Anger – Daily Kos

The Political Agitator response: The following from this article says enough: Why do you see destructive rioting and looting? It’s not because people think it’s the best way to get things done. It’s because the people have finally come to realize that no matter what they do, nothing gets done. No matter how loud they scream, the system still crushes them under its weighty wheels. Their macro situation in many ways mirrors their individual situations. These people are expressing not just anger and frustration at another black man killed by another group of police officers. Rather, they’re expressing anger and frustration at a socio-economic reality in which they are the bones and scraps left over after the best meat’s been taken.

Imagine for a moment that man’s neck was almost severed, nearly clean cut in the most painful way possible, while in the custody of the people charged with the duty of protecting and serving. Imagine that man died, alone, in a prison cell, while his cries for help were blatantly ignored. Now imagine that in the wake of that tragedy, a government had been infantile in its ability to explain even the basic details of what happened.

That’s the revolting reality in Baltimore. And through it all, the dominant white response was muted. From different reaches of the Internet, prominent civil rights leaders weighed in on the travesty, offering perspectives on another data point in an ever-growing body of evidence that the police state is still being mobilized against black Americans. And sure, the death of Freddie Gray received some national media attention. (Source: Read more)

Rioting, Elections, Hope

I look at the root cause to how and why someone respond. Nope don’t make it right but I sympathize with the oppressed.

Elections are another subject for another day for me. Hell elections are like the microwave age, they want justice right now and not have to wait until major elections to bring about a change. What happens while they are waiting for an election?

I condone violence always have and always will however since black folks ain’t in control of much of anything, where is the hope? These folks whom choose violence obviously have no hope. Don’t make it right, but to those whom are willing to pay the price they obviously feel acting out is their road to hope and/or the end! Just my ignant opinion!