Heartbroken

I don’t care what color you are. I don’t care what religion you follow. I don’t care what gender you are. Violence is not going to bring about the change and justice you seek.

The events taking place in Baltimore tonight and for the last few days are sickening. This is my hometown and people are destroying it. I’ve lived here all my life; I’ve loved it here. It is a city rich in history and diversity. Yes, there are problems: gangs, socioeconomic racism, drugs, etc. I’m not blind, I know the faults of my city.

But this . . .

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I don’t have the words.

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29 Responses to Heartbroken

  1. jc52185 says:

    You hit the nail on the head. There are no words and more violence is not helping anything. It’s a complete shame that there are people looking to take advantage of the situation and drawing attention away from the actual issues that need to be discussed and looked at.

    Stay safe. You and your city are in my thoughts.

  2. msbuffy says:

    What is that, Jess? Even with my bifocals, it’s tough to make out. Is it some kind of explosion? I hadn’t heard about these events going on in Baltimore over the last few days. It’s terrible when things go awry this way, and there never seems to be an amicable solution. We’ve been fairly fortunate over the last 18 years or so that things have calmed considerably here in Pgh., but they can always start again. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Stay safe.

    • It is a community center that was being built about six blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital. It was supposed to be a center for the people. It is a three alarm fire that has spread to neighboring buildings. There is looting in the city, buildings and cars being set on fire, and rioters and criminals roaming the streets.

      Incidents have been reported in areas outside of the city. I can hear the helicopters flying over my house. I can see the smoke from the bedroom windows.

      • msbuffy says:

        OMG! Are you guys safe? Do you somewhere else to stay until all of this settles down? I’ve never understood the looters; eventually things will calm and they will have to live there! What happened to bring all this on? It usually starts with a shooting or something and then innocents are hurt due to the rioting, looting, and other criminal activity. Burning down a community center… What the fuck is wrong with people?

      • Yes, we are safe. There has been a lot of reports today that the violence may spread out of the city to the surrounding county. A lot of public places have closed their doors to prevent any potential issues. Baltimore City schools were closed and Baltimore County canceled all after school activities.

        As for what triggered this, a man named Freddie Gray died in police custody about a week ago. According to the reports I have read, he asked for medical attention and did not receive it. He died from a spinal injury while in their custody. Peaceful protests began shortly thereafter; Saturday was the largest protest, but it got out of hand in the evening. Yesterday was Mr. Gray’s funeral and the shit hit the fan.

  3. estrella75 says:

    i was just agonizing about this with my husband. he rationalizes that they have no other outlet, but regardless, it solves nothing…makes even more problems. the poor and disenfranchised now have even less, are even more stigmatized. all the people in the crosshairs. i thought for years that i’d be able to take my kid to protests, but these days, i just want to stay inside. the mob is a seething phalanx these days and set off to violence so easily. i don’t know if there are rabble rousers planted by corporations, or what…but there is just so much violence. if its not the system perpetrating it, its the mob. bleh

    • lajayden1973 says:

      These were not protesters; they were trouble makers. Don’t let a bunch of troubles stop you from protesting in the future. This is a teaching lesson for our children. I had a discussion this evening with my 12 year old.

  4. Stay safe
    I love going to Charm City and I cannot believe what is going on.

  5. Lynn says:

    it is beyond sad and pontless. My aunt lived in Inglewood when those riots occurred. That grocer looted was the only one nearby for miles. After the rioting and looting, there was nowhere for the residents to buy food, gas, diapers or get their mail. These acts are so senseless.

    hopefully calmer minds will prevail soon.

  6. Charity says:

    I hope you and your family stay safe. I live in Silver Spring, Md and have been watching CNN since getting home from work. There are no good words to say for what has and is being done. What kind of person(s) sets fire to senior living homes that were still being built???
    I love your stories but am one of those people who doesn’t usually comment but wanted to share how saddened my family and I feel for the city and these horrible events.
    Charity

  7. missrissa81 says:

    This is a sad day. I’m sorry that the world has come to this, violence and terrorism is never ok, ever!! I hope that calmer minds prevail, and that peace can be found without more senseless violence!!

  8. larakingsley says:

    Stay safe, Jess! Sending you my thoughts and prayers

  9. sweetmg says:

    I’m with you, Hon! I live and work here, too! Currently living just North of the city, but have heard helicopters flying over every 5 – 10 minutes. Had to leave my office downtown early today. Evacuate, basically, as they shut down the campus. All I can do at the moment is hug my kids and pray that people come to their senses. Be safe XO

  10. Kelly says:

    I have been watching this news from Brisbane, Australia just horrified at the situation. I hope you, your family and friends stay safe.

  11. kinnik7104 says:

    Stay safe! It is unspeakable for this to happen anywhere. Take care of yourself and protect you and those you love. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. sandyd1968 says:

    Well said. I just can’t believe that all this is happening. Violence is never the answer to solving problems. Stay safe!

  13. Barb says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Baltimore. Violence and destruction will not solve the problems, but will bring heartbreak and despair. Stay safe.

  14. soyshay says:

    Prayers for you & your city from cali. I went on a rant about this same thing on my FB page it’s just ridiculous.

  15. candykorn0 says:

    I agree that violence is not the answer. It is also disrespectful to the deceased’s family and friends. Please stay safe and I hope the violence ends soon.

  16. anem72 says:

    Hope you can stay home as much as is possible. It amazes me what people will stoop to in the name of justice. We had riots and looting all over England in 2011. They initially started in London over a police shooting and people claiming they were seeking ‘justice’. How instigating a riot can be deemed as justified I don’t know. In no time at all people all over England used it as an excuse to riot and loot shops. Media were interviewing people showing their looted goods and claiming the economy and government had caused them to take advantage of free goods they couldn’t afford. Most of those rioting/looting had no idea what had led to the riots! I wish our government had taken a harder line with them – it was days before they started to drag them into courts and, historically, give immediate sentencing. Human rights campaigners had the government too scared to introduce you tear gas, water canons or rubber bullets even though th majority of the British public thought they should. They did prosecute everyone that they could prove committed s crime (the media and CCTV provided police with proof where possible) but it should have been dealt with swiftly. There is no excuse for this sort of protesting, in my opinion, whatever the provoking cause.

    Stay safe. I hope the situation calms down asap. You will be in my thoughts. xxx

  17. valady1 says:

    What is happening is horrific from a distance. Living in it, unimaginable. And so disappointing that human being resort to this type of violence and destruction. How many innocent people have lost their homes, how many businesses destroyed, and how many people injured and hospitalized?
    So tragic. I hope you and your family are safe.

  18. Dreadswench says:

    I also live in Baltimore and grew up in the city. The rioters were in walking distance to my parents house last night. I was worried for her and my friends who live near the areas. I was heartbroken watching what was going on. My work closed early and we are closed today. Several of my friends are in the areas helping clean up today. The clergymen walking down the middle of North Avenue and stopping to kneel and pray at Fulton was moving. Praying for calm in our city tonight and in the following days.
    On a different note kinda cool to realize you are also a Bmore girl. πŸ™‚

    • Bmore born and raised other a stint in West By God Virginia for college. πŸ™‚

      Please stay safe and I hope your family is safe too. My friend’s father was among the clergymen walking last night. Today has been very moving to see the people coming together to restore the city, but at the same time, it’s been so sad to see military uniforms occupying our city streets as something other than tourists.

      Maybe one day all us Baltimoreans will grab a Natty Boh and some crabs and watch the O’s. πŸ™‚

      • Dreadswench says:

        Yesterday gave me so much hope that things can and will be better. Even dispersing was better than I could have hoped for. I work for the state downtown and yesterday we were closed, but I’m down here today. I can see police HQ from my office and it is surreal to see people standing there in riot gear and the National Guard humvees. I have a few friends that live in the Remington neighborhood, not far from Penn and North, and they were out there helping sweep up.
        Sounds like a great idea us Baltimoreans getting together.

  19. Balti K says:

    Thanks for this. I lived in Baltimore until two years ago and love the city, faults and all. It’s sad to see the actions of a few taking away from the larger message and creating such havoc for so many. Even the major gangs in the city have come together to protest the treatment of Freddie Gray and to call for an end to the violence, and they have done so peacefully. I hope this ends soon. Keep safe.

  20. nortega1921 says:

    It breaks my heart hearing the stories. My heart goes out to you and your city.. I agree with those who say this solves nothing, and hurts those in need the most. There are so many ways to protest without violence and destruction. *hugs*

  21. luvvamps says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, your community and our country! The violence needs to stop.

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