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BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 27: Baltimore Police officers arrest a man near Mowdamin Mall, April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The funeral service for Freddie Gray, who died last week while in Baltimore Police custody, was held on Monday morning.

Even after decriminalization, nearly all of the people arrested for marijuana in Baltimore are black

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There is a reason why the Baltimore Police Department was investigated by the Justice Department after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. By Kelly Macias, Daily Kos — In 2014, when the state of Maryland voted to decriminalize the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, advocates said that it would help to reduce racial bias and systemic racism against black people. Even though data shows that blacks and whites use…

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A graduating student at Morgan State University cheered Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, during her commencement address this month.

Black Voters, a Force in Democratic Politics, Are Ready to Make Themselves Heard

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By Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times — BALTIMORE — The first “Amen!” rang out after a couple of minutes, as Senator Elizabeth Warren, speaking to an almost all-black audience at Morgan State University’s winter commencement, described how America has “systematically discriminated against black people.” Heads nodded as she mentioned “redlining,” the discriminatory practice of denying mortgages, usually in poor and nonwhite areas. There was applause when the Massachusetts…

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When Black Men Defended Brett Kavanaugh in Baltimore

When Black Men Defended Brett Kavanaugh in Baltimore

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The conversation is happening. Will you be a part of it? By Nick Fouriezos, OZY — What happens when you get a room of 100 Black men from Baltimore discussing new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh? Or Colin Kaepernick and policing? What about President Donald Trump and the economy? You get the first episode of Take On America With OZY, taped at the War Memorial in Charm City with the midterm…

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Take on America: Police Chief Confronts Baltimore’s Demons

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Baltimore is going through the same policing pangs as the rest of the nation, but worse. By Nick Fouriezos, OZY — This is a homecoming for Gary Tuggle, only going home for him means having a gun strapped to his hip and at least five other officers flanking him while casing the East Baltimore block he played on as a kid. The 54-year-old is the interim police chief of Charm City,…

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Kiarra Boulware and her niece at Penn North, an addiction-recovery center in Baltimore

Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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In Baltimore and other segregated cities, the life-expectancy gap between African Americans and whites is as much as 20 years. One young woman’s struggle shows why. By Olga Khazan, The Atlantic — One morning this past September, Kiarra Boulware boarded the 26 bus to Baltimore’s Bon Secours Hospital, where she would seek help for the most urgent problem in her life: the 200-some excess pounds she carried on her 5-foot-2-inch…

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Black Churches Led Civil Rights. Can They Do It Again In Baltimore?

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant and others raise their fists during a protest march around the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) On the day that Freddie Gray was laid to rest, nine of Baltimore’s senior…

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The Real “Looting”: From Slavery to Policing and Beyond

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By Adam Hudson, Truthout   The system that people in Baltimore rose up against stretches back across the centuries. (Photo: Slave shackles via Shutterstock) In April, another unarmed Black person was killed by police. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American male, was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, given a “rough ride” and a week later died of a spinal cord injury he received in the police van. Much has been, and will still…

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Everyone’s Watching Baltimore: So, Now What?

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By: E.R. Shipp A woman faces down a line of Baltimore police officers in riot gear during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore.   Baltimoreans are a bit touchy about the attention their city is receiving from “outsiders”—everyone from a rainbow of volunteers from faith-based or social-justice-oriented groups around the nation who see Baltimore as their next mission, to the U.S. attorney general to…

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Broken Windows, Broken Spines

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by Robert C. Koehler Activist DeRay Mckesson smacks down Wolf Blitzer: “You are suggesting this idea that broken windows are worse than broken spines, right?” The 21st century has skewed off plan and begun to break open. Its self-designated guardians and explainers look on, at times, confused. “But at least 15 police officers have been hurt, 200 arrests, 144 vehicle fires — these are statistics. There’s no excuse for that…

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Baltimore Just Became a Political Epicenter for 2016

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By: Charles D. Ellison   Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pauses during a news conference at City Hall April 24, 2015 in Baltimore.   Baltimore may be a much calmer city this week than last, but don’t let the placid fog of cleanup and obligatory Loretta Lynch visit fool you. Long stretches of ghetto still remain. The lack of jobs is something Charm City’s leadership has yet to aggressively address (Where’s the campaign on…

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