Baltimore Riots

Social media shapes the knowledge we receive because they really only share the most shocking or interesting event because they know it will be popular. A good example of this is the news about the Baltimore riots that happened a couple weeks ago. In Baltimore, Maryland on April 12th, 2015 Freddie Grey had injuries after being arrested by policemen then was later in a coma due to neck and spine injuries. On April 19th, residents of Baltimore protested in front of the Western district police station. On the next day Freddie Grey died, a week after being arrested. The residents got extremely angry and believe that policemen use their power too strongly and especially on Native - American people. Many people were lighting stores on fire then stealing what was inside, smashing police cars, taunting police and tearing down buildings. The media showed the violent protests but did not really show the people still protesting peacefully. I chose this topic because it is something big that happened lately and it has been everywhere on the TV, the internet, social media sites, magazines, newspapers, radio, and much more.

Baltimore Riots: What's it Like Living Under Curfew? - BBC made this article about the curfew life in Baltimore during the riots. The person who actually wrote this is named Tara McKelvey. Her point of view is that the riots and violence is calming down now that the City has a curfew. This source was produced in Baltimore on April 30th, 2015. The date affects the source because now a couple days have passed and things have changed. This source was created for people who want to know what is going on in Baltimore. Since they were there interviewing people there who were witnessing things happening it is reliable. It was created at that time because they wanted to get the information out as fast as they could. This source is in conveying that the riots have settled down now due to the curfew. It is important because it is telling you that the curfew is lowering the riot violence. I can infer that the riots are going to stop.

300 Men March seeks to reclaim neighborhoods, one corner at a time - The Baltimore Sun published this article written by Luke Broadwater. It is saying that it is good that other people living in poverty do not support the violent riots. This source was made on May 6th, 2015. The place where it was made is not said. The timing when this article was made can tell us that this information is pretty new since it came out today. By reading other articles and seeing pictures can help me understand this source. This was created for people who want to know what is going on in Baltimore and if there are other protestors besides the violent ones. The reliability is good because they interviewed the group of protestors. It was created now because now that the riots are fading away this group of people wanted it to end. The article is telling us that there are other protestors that are against the fighting and are not all taking part in the violence. This source is important because these people are trying to keep peace and not get anyone hurt. I can infer that not all the people protesting are doing it violently.

Why the CVS Burned - Louis Hyman wrote this article. He is an assistant professor in history at Cornell University and an author. His point of view is that he doesn't think rioting was the right thing to to do, but he understands why people are rioting. This source was produced in Baltimore, although it doesn't say when. The author has primary sources making this article more legitimate. Knowing the area around the neighborhood the CVS was burned, the local incomes and the incomes of other areas around this neighborhood. Some history around the civil rights movements and Jim Crow laws. Also knowing what was going on prior to the riots and what lead to the riots. This source was most likely intended for older people, especially with history knowledge. This doesn't really affect the reliability besides that fact that it can be more biased towards the fact that history is a reason for the riots. Also that not everyone is going to be able to read this article and know what he is talking about 100% of the time. This article was produced because it's trying to show that not everyone in Baltimore is guilty and rioting. Some are actually trying to do good and try and understand the gravity of the situation as well. The point this article is trying to convey is that the event that happened that lead to protesting wasn't just the sole cause. That there were other things such as the poverty, and the lack of help the poor neighborhoods get also contributed to the protesting and rioting. This source is important because it gives a different perspective on things and that the events with the cops isn't the only reason for the rioting. I can infer that the article is hinting that things need to change in these neighborhoods. We need to help these poor neighborhoods out, get them the more services that benefit the people there and not just the surrounding areas.

By: Kaitlyn Gunnett

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