A movie becomes real: Baltimore race riots understood mayor's words as permission to Purge

Baltimore, the largest city in the State of Maryland, is in a state of emergency, wracked by rioting, burning, and looting.
What precipitated the riots was the death in police custody of a black man with a long rap-sheet, 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a week after his arrest.
Freddie Gray's rap sheet
Gray was seen to be in apparent good health at his arrest, but later sustained injuries to his spine and larynx. The cause and circumstances of his injuries are now under investigation by the Department of Justice. Gray fell into a coma on April 12, and despite multiple surgical attempts, never regained consciousness. He died a week later on April 19, 2015. Six police officers have been suspended pending an investigation.
On Saturday, April 25, organized protests in downtown Baltimore became violent: Police were pelted with rocks; at least 5 police cars were damaged.
On Monday, April 27, what began as peaceful protests after Gray’s funeral service exploded into apparently spontaneous riots. A day later, 15 buildings had been burnt down and many others damaged and looted; 144 cars burnt; pharmacies were looted for drugs; at least 15 police officers have been injured; some 200 people have been arrested; schools are closed; and a state of emergency declared in the city of Baltimore. Business owners, including black owners, fled for their lives, and looters just took what they wanted. One shop-owner said he called police 50 times, but no one came. (Daily Mail)

Baltimore riots destroyed black-owned store

Message from the black owner of a shop destroyed by looters.


This video shows the all-black looters running in and out of a store. Then the rioters dragged the shop-owner out and flung him to the ground (0:07 mark), where he was beaten.

How did peaceful protests so quickly conflagrated into violent riots?
Answer: Because the protesters were given permission by the mayor to riot and commit mayhem.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
CBS Baltimore reports that on April 25, 2015 at a press conference, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was asked by a reporter to comment on how Baltimore police responded to the protesters. The mayor replied:

“I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”

What the mayor said about giving “space” to “those who wished to destroy” was understood by blacks to be permission to riot and loot, as evidenced in their social media posts. Here’s a post by Baltimore high school students, calling for a riot at 3 on Monday, April 27, 2015: “We Going To Purge.”
Baltimore riots The Purge
“We Going To Purge” is a reference to the 2013 dystopic movie, The Purge, written and directed by James DeMonaco and starring Ethan Hawke, about a future America after an economic collapse where the “New Founding Fathers of America” had installed totalitarian rule. For one night a year — called “the Purge” — all crime is legal and all police, fire and medical emergency services would be unavailable for 12 hours, from 7 pm till 7 am the next day. The cathartic Purge resulted in a revitalized economy and crime and unemployment rates plummeting to 1%. In reality, the Purge is used as a method of artificial population control, as the people living in poor areas are usually the criminals’ main targets.

The_Purge_posterThe Purge’s movie poster

On Monday, after rioters had laid waste to downtown Baltimore, Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s spokesman Howard Libit issued a statement seeming to walk back her remarks:

“The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence. Any suggestion otherwise would be a misinterpretation of her statement.”

At a press conference today (Tuesday, April 28), President of the Baltimore City Council Jack Young apologized for calling rioters “thugs” and called those responsible for the violence mere “misdirected” youths.
The only difference between the Baltimore race riots and The Purge movie is this:
In the movie’s dystopic future, unconstrained “legal” crimes are limited to one night a year. The police and business owners of Baltimore only wish that were the case. For in real life, the riots and lootings continue in Baltimore and, in the absence of any politician with the guts to actually say no, they are sure to spread to America’s other urban cities as well.
H/t FOTM’s Anon and japoa

UPDATE (July 29, 2016):

Every officer charged in Gray’s death has been cleared, and all charges against them dropped. The officers are now suing prosecutor Marilyn Mosby.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/27/us/baltimore-marilyn-mosby-officer-lawsuits-freddie-gray/
~Éowyn

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0 responses to “A movie becomes real: Baltimore race riots understood mayor's words as permission to Purge

  1. This is so awful, it is nearly incredible. As a person who can read, the mayor’s words were only too clear . . . anything goes, the police will stand down. She should be arrested, and tried for inciting and facilitating the lawlessness that followed. The fact that one of her subordinates tried to walk back her words is of no consequence . . .it’s too late to close the barn door after the cow has gotten out. I certainly do agree, this behavior will spread to other urban areas. This whole thing is very frightening!

     
    • Yup, “social justice” at work…

       
    • None of these statements are made innocently, but with malice of forethought. to have the biggest negative impact on a drugged and sleeping society, just like resident Lucifer’s comment “If I had a son he would look just like trayvon martin”
      The demon possessed far left knows what it is doing, taking a wrecking ball to white Christian former USA

       
  2. This is our Bizarro New World Disorder, where art [the movie] becomes real life [Disorder]. I don’t think it can get any more bizarre, can it?
    I mean, this is as bad as the movie that was made before 9-11 in which jet planes are flown into the WTC, which then happens 19 months later! [http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17368]
    Just who is zooming who here, anyway?

     
  3. “misdirected youth” buahahaha! “hope and change” buhahaa. it is as funny as claiming the god of America is an American, but then again there does not appear to be any americans in Washington. get the popcorn, the monkey show will get better and better. now get back to work, they need their foodstamps to keep up their strength, how do you expect them to destroy your town if they are malnourished? and the illegal yellow bellies need you to feed them as well, and then their are the government employees that need to eat in order to keep you safe. in fact it is most likely a sin and criminal act for you to read this, how do you expect to have your country destroyed if you keep stopping for a break? they need the fruit of your labor to keep going. now back to work you are free men, in a free country, keep them free and support your gods, and do not forget the goat that was married in a 5way American marriage, it wants blue grass only for its offspring. it is an American citizen by birth and marriage how can you deny your brothers and sisters?

     
  4. I have listened to that mayor’s words over and over on television. I can’t imagine them being interpreted any other way besides giving them license to loot and vandalize. In my area, the black people are among the nicest, most polite and helpful people on the planet. But since Katrina, many thugs have been moving over here from New Orleans, one of the most dangerous cities in the world. There have been 32 shootings here since January. Also murders, drug busts, armed robberies etc. And I am afraid that like Baltimore and Ferguson the rioting will spread to other cities. Whenever I watch this stuff on the news, I always find myself asking “will we be next?”

     
    • Dear evh:
      I don’t know how old you are, but at 72 I can vividly recall the LA riots, the Rodney King incident, the Watts riots, all the civil rights events of the Sixties, the Berekely Free Speech Movement, SDS, and VietNam when it was televised w/daily footage from the front.
      If you think it’s bad now, just watch what happens when the temp goes above human blood heat for five days in a row. One of the best long-term stats we have is the rise in homicides as the temp goes above 98.4 [I think that’s average blood heat]….

       
      • You’re correct Joseph. One just need to look at Chicago’s homicides. They increase dramatically during the summer months while fall off when it’s freezing outside.

         
      • Dear Joseph, I am almost 84 now and I remember those things too. I have heard that about the temperature. It gets really hot down here in the summer, not something I look forward to. Also, I’ve heard crime increases with the full moon. Our neighborhood is usually very quiet, but one evening about two weeks ago, I was watching television and thought I heard gun shots. I called one of the neighbors, but they said they didn’t hear anything. They said it was probably fire crackers. It wasn’t long before several patrol cars arrived. Some guy was visiting a person in the apartments down the street, they got into an argument and the guy went out and fired five shots into his car. At least he didn’t kill anybody, but that’s not much of a consolation when people just go out and starting shooting at random. And recently a black guy was shot firing a gun at a police officer. As I said in my post it is just a matter of time. Best to you, Emily

         
        • Don’t be concerned for the shots you hear in the distance –BUT– be VERY concerned if you hear them to the L or R coming at you w/a high speed whizzing sound. If you’re not sure what I mean, you will learn it all in five seconds when it happens. Believe me. Take good LOW cover, okay?

           
  5. That’s probably because cold blooded creatures are more active at higher temperatures.
    Look at their eyes in their mug shots….. or, at Obama’s eyes in any photo of him….. cold, unfeeling, inhuman.
    Watch’em slither ……

     
    • Leftoids claim the negro race is the same as non negroid, but their actions, lack of culture, total lack of impulse control, total disrespect for morality and the law says otherwise. They don’t call afrika the dark continent for nothing
      It’s not just the former US but wherever that species roosts the behavior is the same. They can blame “YT” for their woes til the cows come, but it is themselves they have to blame, Perhaps David Manning hit on something when he said that negroes are infected with their ancestral demonic voodoo spirits
      It’s getting where I feel like I’m living in a bizarre science fiction alternate reality, resembling hell

       
      • “It’s getting where I feel like I’m living in a bizarre science fiction alternate reality, resembling hell.”
        CORRECT, ’cause you are!
        Welcome to our BNWD: Bizarro New World Disorder, which –as history teaches us– can only end in one of three outcomes:
        1. A deeper, darker tyranny of the ruling elite; or
        2. a complete overthrow and new start, a la the American Colonies against England; or
        3. an interminable Civil War, which will be VERY severe and long.
        For us only #2 is acceptable, otherwise we might as well die fighting. At 72, I’m serious; this is not a jest.

         
  6. Origin of the word thug – Hindi & Urdu ṭhag, literally, thief. Looters are thieves. There you go.
    I’m wondering why those police cars were left where they were. Bait?
    Just seems odd. Agent provocateurs?

     
  7. Excellent post, Dr. Eowyn!
    All that looting and not a single pair of work boots was stolen.

     
    • GREAT eye for details that COUNT!
      That was how here in Kanada we discovered who the usual suspects [police in plain clothes at a very high level meeting of mucky-mucks] were, when CBC & other photos showed all the agent provacateurs wearing standard police issue shoes as they wreaked havoc.

       
  8. “All that looting and not a single pair of work boots was stolen”
    Mike….. that is f**king Brilliant! I’m still laughing…..
    … and it’s so true. That’s their ‘value system’…. Air Jordans (or whatever the latest ones are called)….. and Pringles and Oreos.
    They wouldn’t know what the hell to do with work boots… unless someone pointed out to them that some have steel toes…. better to kick some poor store owner’s head in with!

     
  9. Wow! Another piece of damning evidence! And “social media” has been used to incite race riots all over the country, and has been used to destabilize nations, including the “arab spring!” Anyone notice there has been no similar “help” from social media to aid the Egyptian military in liberating Egypt from islamic tyranny? Also, in the arab spring, many of the same slogans were used that were seen during “occupy wall street!” And in ENGLISH! Obama’s filthy fingerprints are all over this stuff.

     
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