We still do not know all the facts regarding Freddie Gray\’s death.  Among them are the racial makeup of the 6 police officers involved, which the city of Baltimore has declined to tell us (what if it were White and Black officers?  What would that do to the racial narrative being used as a rationale for the protests and rioting/looting taking place?). 

But even though we do not have key information which could indicate whether this was a racial incident, it doesn\’t mean that racism is not rearing its ugly head in other parts of the story.

Excerpted from Ron Nixon\’s article in the New York Times:

A couple of the young men wore bandannas to hide their identity. The young men identified themselves as members of the Crips, Bloods and Black Guerrilla Family street gangs. One of the Crips members, who called himself Charles, wearing a red Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose T-shirt, said the gang members had taken to the street because “there is only so far that you can push people into a corner.”

“We\’re frustrated,” he continued, “and that\’s why we\’re out there in the streets.”

Then he described how he and some Bloods had stood in front of black-owned stores to protect them from looting or vandalism. He said they had made sure no black children, or reporters, were hit by rioters. They pointed them toward Chinese – and Arab-owned stores. Charles said Mr. Gray had brought gangs together.

“I rolled over here on a truck, and I was the only Crip and everybody else was Bloods. And they didn\’t do anything to me. We\’re together in this.”

How heartwarming.  Three street gangs – which are the scourge of Baltimore\’s Black neighborhoods, and prey on the decent Black people of those neighborhoods every single day – have come together…to make sure that if stores are going to be looted and burned to the ground, they will be stores owned by Chinese and Arabs, not Blacks. 

Yep, that will certainly solve the problems.  That will mitigate their frustration.  Hey, it\’s solidarity.  “We\’re together in this”… with “this”, being a virtual guarantee that what few people had been brave, and arguably foolish, enough to open stores in those areas will not make the same mistake again. 

The result?  Black neighborhoods of Baltimore will have even fewer retail establishments, even fewer ways for people to purchase the goods and services they need.  But the gangs will still be there in full force, won\’t they?  So the robberies, the assaults, the prostitution, the drug trade – and let\’s not forget the murders of Black people – will be booming.

Isn\’t that just wonderful?

Real Racism.  It comes in all forms from all sources.  No group is immune to it or from it.  Certainly not the professional street thugs who are taking time out from their usual decimation of the Black population to show how effective they are at racial discrimination which will hurt that population even further.

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