Strong Opinion or Informed Opinion? What Do You Know About Baltimore?

The recent events in Baltimore do not reflect an isolated event; rather; the frustration that manifested in protest is the product of a number of sociopolitical and historical considerations. Generating a comprehensive analysis requires pulling from a number of disciplines, many of which are beyond the expertise of most educators.

A few days ago I happened upon a veritable treasure trove of resources, which I now share with you. Unfortunately, the humble saint that culled these resources together did not provide a name, as I imagine recognition was not her/his primary aim.  I have not read read each and every resource, but a cursory eyeballing reveals a great number of valuable resources.

Enjoy!

I.  Reminders from Ferguson

“When Rioting is Rational”
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/when-rioting-is-rational-ferguson

“In Defense of Black Rage”
http://www.salon.com/2014/08/12/in_defense_of_black_rage_michael_brown_police_and_the_american_dream/

“In Ferguson, the Violence of the State Created the Violence of the Street”
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/18/ferguson-violence-martin-luther-king-michael-brown

Resisting State Violence: Justice or Just Us?
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/05/resisting-state-violence/

Bell Hooks “Killing Rage”
http://www.cds.hawaii.edu/sites/default/files/downloads/resources/diversity/KillingRageEndingRacism_part1.pdf
 

II.  What’s up with Baltimore?

‘Two Reports Illustrate the Paradox of Baltimore”
https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2015/01/05/two-reports-illustrate-the-paradox-of-baltimore-a-high-poverty-city-that-attracts-young-educated/

“A Tale of Two Baltimores” (2011)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7J794-zddE&feature=share

“The Brutality of Police Culture on Baltimore”
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/the-brutality-of-police-culture-in-baltimore/391158/

“Baltimore Youths Have it Worse Than Those in Nigeria”
http://www.vocativ.com/culture/society/baltimore-poverty/?utm_content=buffere4a07&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“Ten Shocking Facts About Baltimore”
http://www.alternet.org/economy/ten-shocking-facts-about-baltimore

“Baltimore Uprising in Context”
http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2015/04/27/baltimore-uprising-in-context/

“In Baltimore, We’re All Freddie Gray”
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/opinion/in-baltimore-were-all-freddie-gray.html

“Sun Investigates: Undue Force”
http://data.baltimoresun.com/news/police-settlements/

“David Simon in Baltimore’s Anguish” (interview)
https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/04/29/david-simon-on-baltimore-s-anguish
 

III.  On “Riots” and Protest  

“We Have a Right to Be in the Streets for Freddie”
http://socialistworker.org/2015/04/27/in-the-streets-for-freddie

“The Dominant White Response to Baltimore Shows Why Black Residents Are Justified in Their Anger”
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/28/1380944/-The-Dominant-White-Response-to-Baltimore-Shows-Why-Black-Residents-are-Justified-in-their-Anger#

“Baltimore: The Fire Next Time”
http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/04/baltimore_the_fire_next_time.html

“Baltimore’s Violent Protestors Are Right”
http://www.salon.com/2015/04/28/baltimores_violent_protesters_are_right_smashing_police_cars_is_a_legitimate_political_strategy/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

(please note: the title of the blog where this was originally posted is a political re-appropriation of “faggot”)

“Nonviolence as Compliance”
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/nonviolence-as-compliance/391640/

Historical Perspective: The Kerner Commission Report on “Riots,” 1968
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6545/

“A History of Rap Songs Against Police Brutality”
http://www.complex.com/music/2014/08/rap-songs-police-brutality/

“Silence on Black Female Victims Weakens Fight Against Police Brutality”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kali-nicole-gross/silence-on-black-female-victims_b_7092128.html

“The Baltimore Rebellion”
http://socialistworker.org/2015/04/29/the-baltimore-rebellion

Gang Members: We did not make truce to harm cops
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HaaRZ8nxd4&feature=youtu.be

“Go Home, David Simon: Without Justice in Baltimore, There Can be No Peace” (a critique of SImon’s blog post criticizing “rioters”
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/28/go-home-david-simon-no-justice-no-peace-baltimore?CMP=fb_gu

“What’s Happening in Baltimore Didn’t Just Start with Freddie Gray”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/28/freddie-gray-baltimore-history_n_7161962.html
 

IV.    On the Bigger Picture

“Stealing a Bag of Potato Chips and Other Crimes of Resistance”
http://www.broomcenter.ucsb.edu/files/publications/pdf/rios1.pdf

“The Hyper-Criminalization of Black and Latino Male Youth in the Era of Mass Incarceration”
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8eBQGZrG7BFdnhWRzNNNl9ZOHM/edit

“Why Don’t American Cities Burn Very Often?”
http://www.uk.sagepub.com/martin3study/articles/Katz.pdf

“Who Killed L.A.: A Political Autopsy”
http://newleftreview.org/I/197/mike-davis-who-killed-los-angeles-a-political-autopsy

“The Case for Reparations”
http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

“Segregation Now: The Re-segregation of America’s Schools”
http://www.propublica.org/article/segregation-now-the-resegregation-of-americas-schools/#intro

“The Night Chicago Burned”
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-night-chicago-burned/Content?oid=872662

“A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”
http://thefeministwire.com/2014/10/blacklivesmatter-2/
 

V.   Movies

Race: The Power of an Illusion – Episode 3 – “The House We Live In”
http://www.pbs.org/race/000_About/002_04-about-03.htm

Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration, and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.
http://brokenonallsides.com/

The House I Live In
http://www.thehouseilivein.org/

Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card
http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/hard-times-at-douglass-high-no-child-left-behind#/

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality
http://crackingthecodes.org/

The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-black-power-mixtape

Revolution ‘67
http://www.bongiornoproductions.com/REVOLUTION_67/REVOLUTION_67.html

http://www.pbs.org/pov/revolution67/

Crips & Bloods: Made in America
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPS9s3VrsdM

http://www.amazon.com/Crips-Bloods-Made-In-America/dp/B006JJ9JV2

The Throwaways:  http://throwawaysmovie.com/

Eyes on the Prize: Two Societies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBJNt-LKVNE
 

VI.   Books

The Hero’s Fight: African Americans in the Shadow of the State by Patricia Fernández-Kelly
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10328.html (twenty year ethnography of Baltimore)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
http://newjimcrow.com/

Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of the Inner City
http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Code-of-the-Street/

When Work Disappears, the World of the New Urban Poor              
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/192111/when-work-disappears-by-william-julius-wilson/

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/T/bo13375722.html

More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City
http://books.wwnorton.com/books/More-than-Just-Race/

Black Liberation and Socialism
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Black-Liberation-and-Socialism

American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674018211

Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/M/bo3627598.html

Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/175140/sweet-land-of-liberty-by-thomas-j-sugrue/

Into the Fire: African-Americans Since 1970           
http://www.worldcat.org/title/into-the-fire-african-americans-since-1970-robin-dg-kelley/oclc/317363423

Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class
http://books.google.com/books/about/Race_Rebels.html?id=FN80lQEACAAJ

The Political Economy of Racism
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Political-Economy-of-Racism

How Racism Takes Place
http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2089_reg.html

Are Prisons Obsolete?
http://www.feministes-radicales.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Angela-Davis-Are_Prisons_Obsolete.pdf

Not In My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City (Historical overview of Baltimore, especially around housing and segregation)
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781566638432/Not-in-My-Neighborhood-How-Bigotry-Shaped-a-Great-American-City

Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People In The United States
http://www.queerinjustice.com/


VII.  News/Memes/Videos from Baltimore

10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest In Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Reports The Violence & Arrest of Dozens
http://blackwestchester.com/2015/04/27/10000-peacefully-protest-bmore/

The Roots of Baltimore's Violence
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pedro-noguera/the-roots-of-baltimores-violence_b_7166864.html

https://www.facebook.com/benjaminjhancock/videos/10153188750410590/?fref=nf

https://www.facebook.com/RickeySmileyOfficialFanPage/videos/884336188271373/?fref=nf

http://qz.com/394197/video-of-this-baltimore-mother-disciplining-her-son-is-going-viral-for-all-the-wrong-reasons/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/white-people-rioting-for-no-reason.html

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/4/29/you_can_replace_property_you_cant

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/28/baltimore-protester-media-coverage_n_7166018.html

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/watch-baltimore-official-ruins-a-fox-reporters-attempt-to-smear-protesters/