So lets talk about #Baltimore: last year, I started hanging out in the #BlackButterfly neighborhoods doing an ethnographic study for my @afronews column and it broke my heart. #DispatchesFromBaltimore: These are THEIR Stories.
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#1 "I'm From Baltimore, I'm Already Dead"
“My father is dead. My brother is dead. I had two cousins, they got shot. My uncles are locked up. What do I want to be when I grow up? Nothing. I’m from Baltimore, I’m already dead.” - Jason, 9th grader,…
#2 "Tell Them That We Matter"
“Dr. Kaye, we’re invisible to them. They don’t see us. They don’t hear us. They don’t care about us. You tell them that we’re not invisible. Tell them that we matter.” - Miss Janet…
#3 "Lets Tear Some Sh*t Down in Order to Get Free"
A city where we talk and complain but we do not move. We pray and burn candles but we do not disrupt the status quo. we are not willing to, in the words of one of my former students, “tear some (sh*t) down in order to get free.”…
#4 "They Tried to Bury Us"
I believe that it is now fair to say that despite our best intentions...Baltimore City is rapidly becoming an experiment in urban living that is going horribly wrong.…
#5 "Dispatches from Baltimore: A City At War"
Black rage is what it feels like to work hard every day and never be able to work yourself out of poverty. It is what it feels like to be in a war and what it feels like to live in Baltimore.…

#6 "Balt City Schools: A Throwback to Jim Crow Era"
Baltimore City children deserve better. They do not deserve lunches that are not nutritious; dust and mouse droppings; unusable water fountains; and bars on their classroom’s windows.…
#7 "Baltimore Remains a Tale of Two Cities"
It is hard, sometimes, to stand up straight in the face of a country and a city that is counting on Black people to focus more on surviving than on thriving; more on not getting shot than on finding joy.…
#8 "What Does it Mean to Young Black Man in BMore?"
If you were born and raised here then you know what it means to fight for survival, having learned over time that this is a city that experiences incredible moments of joy and of sadness.…
#9 "Baltimore Is My Beirut"
“You commit your life to fight for this country,” he said. “Then you come back home and where you live is worse than where you were fighting. It’s like the war never ended. Baltimore is my Beirut”…
#10 "An Open Call to Black Mothers"
As painful as it is to admit, there is a dark cloud that hangs over our city. It is thick with our pain and made heavy by our tears. It is a very subtle reminder that maybe some burdens are so heavy, we cannot carry them alone.…
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