Baltimore history

Man and boy stand next to snow sculpture of lion in a yard; wooden fence and brick church building in background. Recorded in glass negative ledger: “M/Localities-New Baltimore.”

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
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Angela Davis nailed the Baltimore riots perfectly … in 1972 

Angela Davis, philosopher-activist and professor, was hunted down by the FBI for a crime she didn’t commit, jailed in 1970, and freed in 1972. While serving her sentence in a California jail, she gave a thoughtful interview (later included in The Black Power Mixtape) about the state of the Black Panthers at that time, and why violence is part of protest, because it is an inherent element in the daily lives of black and brown people. Watch the remarkably relevant video.

‘liberal’ is the most meaningless word in the dictionary. History has shown me that as long as some white middle-class people can live high on the hog, take vacations to Europe, send their children to private schools, and reap the benefits of their white skin privilege, then they are ‘liberal’. But when times get hard and money gets tight, they pull off that liberal mask and you think you’re talking to Adolf Hitler. They feel sorry for the so-called underprivileged just as long as they can maintain their own privileges.
—  Assata Shakur