A year ago this week, the city was spiraling out of control until a tough guy stepped in to save the day; thanks to his decisive actions, all the troublemakers went “scurrying home.” At least, that’s how Gov. Larry Hogan saw what happened last year.
This is a historic time for Baltimore–and historians are paying attention.
— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) May 7, 2015
The national media has descended on Baltimore this week, and some local characters have found themselves unexpectedly in the spotlight.
Geraldo Rivera came to Baltimore to report on the civil unrest following Freddie Gray’s death for Fox News. What he didn’t expect, it seems, was to be called out for the media’s role in perpetuating XXX storylines about Baltimore.
Thank god for Twitter. In times of trouble, we can now have access to the fleeting thoughts of famous actors, sports stars, reality TV divas, and other assorted celebrities. How else would we be able to know what to think about complex, multi-factored events?
Much of the national media in recent days has painted a very one-sided picture of Baltimore. While Baltimore is plagued with some serious problems, it’s also a resilient, compassionate city with lots to offer. That’s why it’s so lovely to see that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s response to the civil unrest in town has been to play a free concert. Open to everyone. This afternoon.