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Go home, David Simon. Without justice in Baltimore, there can be no peace.

  • It doesn’t get much more out of touch or tone deaf than a successful, white, middle-aged man telling disenfranchised young black people who are routinely victimised by the police to stop being angry and selfish after another young man was killed in police custody and his spine was almost severed.
  • David Simon’s judgmental post about the Freddie Gray protests were the wrong message, at the wrong time, coming from the wrong person
  • Baltimore: Media Behaving Badly, April 29, 2015

Lanre Bakare, Guardian

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Tuesday 28 April 2015 No riot in the human history has ever been about just one person. What happened in London in 2011 wasn’t just about Mark Duggan; LA in 1991 wasn’t just about Rodney King; Paris in 2005 wasn’t just about Bouna Traoré or Zyed Benna. The events in Baltimore, clearly, aren’t just about Freddie Gray. They definitely don’t have anything to do with David Simon – or, at least they shouldn’t.

On Monday, Simon – the acclaimed creator of The Wire – posted on his blog a short response to the riots and unrest in Baltimore in which he told those causing the trouble to “go home”, that they were derailing the progress made after Gray’s death and that they were “an affront to that man’s memory”. (Those were sentiments shared by Gray’s family.)

Simon then added that “the anger and the selfishness and the brutality” needed to cease.

Lanre Bakare is commissioning editor at Guardian, based in New York.

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Related:

Baltimore: Media Behaving Badly, April 29, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • "The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken
  • Part 1: The media’s stunning Baltimore betrayal: Demonizing protesters & giving police brutality a pass
  • Part 2: Part 2: What we talk about when we talk about black protesters: A history of right-wing dogwhistles