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We spent forty-five minutes in the liquor store because she wanted to find something we’d both like, but I could give her no preferences because I don’t have any real opinions about alcohol and ended up nervously arranging and re-arranging the display of really tiny bottles until the store owner snapped at me to leave them alone.

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Hesitant Touch

It was a mutual break up, done for the benefit of both sides. But months later, James was wondering if it had been a good idea after all. He had several half-composed texts, none of which he ever sent. He didn’t have the courage to do it. 

Maybe after a few drinks.

He walked to the liquor store, grabbing a few bottles he barely looked at. James got in line, then realized he was standing behind Ariah. Hesitantly, he put his hand on his shoulder. “Um, hi. I didn’t expect to see you here…”

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I like to change liquor stores frequently because the clerks got to know your habits if you went in night and day and bought huge quantities. I could feel them wondering why I wasn’t dead yet and it made me uncomfortable. They probably weren’t thinking any such thing, but then a man gets paranoid when he has 300 hangovers a year.
—  Women, Charles Bukowski
I like to change liquor stores frequently because the clerks got to know your habits if you went in night and day and bought huge quantities. I could feel them wondering why I wasn’t dead yet and it made me uncomfortable. They probably weren’t thinking any such thing, but then a man gets paranoid when he has 300 hangovers a year.
—  Charles Bukowski, Women

The neighborhood that Freddie Gray is from, Sandtown-Winchester, is 98% black and has a life expectancy 20 YEARS LOWER than a neighborhood five miles away that is white and affluent.

Shortly before his death, Freddie Gray had blood lead levels were 5 times a healthy or normal amount because of inadequate, dangerous, and unequal housing in West Baltimore that exposed him and those in his neighborhood to constant toxins. 

There are twice as many liquor stores and tobacco stores in the neighborhood compared to Baltimore city as a whole. Sandtown-Winchester residents are almost twice as likely to die from heart disease or cancer than the average Baltimore city resident.

Incarceration and arrest rates are disproportionately high with 1/3 of men age 18-35 being in prison on any given day. Studies have shown that over-policing and over-arresting creates social disorder, which in turn actually increases violent crime rates significantly. Children lose viable social capital in neighborhoods with high incarceration rates, which directly affects chances of upward mobility.

As much as those police officers killed Freddie Gray, the structural violence of the ultra-segregated city of Baltimore killed him, too. Baltimore is more racially segregated now than it was during Reconstruction, and it is determined to be one of the most racially segregated cities in America. Living in Sandtown-Winchester, Freddie Gray’s life was structrually devalued from the moment he was born. 

“The system did not fail #FreddieGray. It was never set up to protect people like him or us. In that sense it all went according to plan.” -Delo Taylor (@Delo_taylor)