On Tuesday, Pulsefeedz staff writer Ashley Martin, along with Salisbury University graduates Ariana Kitchens and Leslie Roane, travelled to the west side of Baltimore to see the ravaging effects of Monday’s unfortunate riots in response to the alleged homicide of Freddie Gray. Here is a slideshow of pictures displaying everything they saw throughout their trek.
Some students from the University of Maryland are being extremely proactive in response to the events transpiring in Baltimore. Moriah Ray, student activist and vice president of the University’s NAACP chapter spoke with us about what she saw after visiting Baltimore over the past four days. This interview was recorded on Thursday before an announcement of charges against the police officers in Freddie Gray’s case were released.
Students have also decided to collect water and food at Nyumburu Cultural Center to donate to families in the Baltimore area who do not have many resources after this week’s major events.
A townhall was held on Thursday night by Community Roots, an activist group on campus, in which five panelists along with audience members discussed their feelings on Monday’s riots. The general consensus many gathered from the townhall, including panelist and African-American Studies professor Robert Cheflot, was that there is a “sense of hope among residents and communities” in Baltimore beginning to arise despite the sadness which has ensued of late.
Cathryn Paul, a member with the group and a senior, helped organize the townhall and said that she wanted to provide students with “a guided discussion that was valuable to students.” Paul expressed some frustration during the discussion when an audience member stated that she believes the black community should stop giving police officers a reason to brutalize them.
“I’m sorry but there is never under any circumstances a reason to kill anybody and that is part of our Constitution that everyone deserves the right to go on trial. While a police officer is going on trial, someone else is not because they are dead,” she said.
Joshua Holley, a freshman and native of West Baltimore, gave one of the most passionate statements of the night. Holley says that he understands the frustrations which members of the community are going through but he also added that these feelings do not rationalize what happened on Monday. You can hear what he had to say here.
Ifeanyi Uzoukwn, a senior, has started an online donation campaign to help Baltimore resident Allen Bullock post his $500,000 bail after he was caught on video busting out the windows of a police cruiser. Uzoukwn says that he was inspired to start this campaign because Bullock is “human and did not kill anyone. Cops kill and get nothing.”
Uzoukwn says that he does not condone Bullock’s actions but also believes that the police issued bail which was “over the top” in order to make Bullock a scapegoat. He also does not agree with the notions conveyed by high-profile politicians such as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and President Obama that Bullock and other individuals involved with Monday’s riots are “thugs” and “criminals”.
“The goal is to help. We’ve got to try to see people as human beings. $500,000 is astronomically high and absurd,” he said. So far, the fund has raised $2,000.