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 translated by Davi Nunes

Aqui está o que você precisa saber sobre o que está acontecendo em Baltimore.

A morte brutal e desnecessária de Freddie Gray deixou minha cidade em luto.

Freddie, um nativo do oeste de Baltimore, foi agredido no momento em estava andando no seu bairro, quando fez contato visual com policiais. Depois foi perseguido, interceptado e espancado de maneira, tão violenta, que teve 80% da sua medula espinhal quebrada. Ele morreu no hospital depois de sete dias internado. Este vídeo mostra bem a violência da abordagem policial. Logo após o ocorrido houve muitas manifestações pacíficas. Mas no domingo passado, dia 26, um protesto foi interrompido quando bêbados brancos, fãs do Orioles, time profissional de Baseball da região, começaram a gritar “Nigger!” contra os manifestantes, bem como arremessaram objetos em suas direções. Assim se iniciou os “distúrbios”. Ah, não, assim começaram os pequenos danos contra os carros dos brancos. As pessoas brancas de Baltimore causam piores danos quando as suas equipes esportivas favoritas ganham campeonatos. Assim, as coisas fugiram do controle e pessoas foram presas.

Mas a cidade se acalmou. No entanto, um “panfleto” circulou alegando falsamente que gangues estavam se organizando para “atirar” nos policiais. LOL Eu imagino um velho policial branco escrevendo este “panfleto” e recordando “talk jive” que viu em um filme antigo Blaxsplotation. Não é preciso dizer que isso tudo não era verdade.Tal evento não ocorreu, mas isso não impediu que se fechasse a maioria das empresas e universidades, todos receosos de um suposto “ataque”. Além disso, fecharam a maior parte do centro da cidade e deixaram as pessoas irem para casa mais cedo. A maioria é claro, exceto os estudantes negros do ensino médio. A polícia, SWAT, armou uma engrenagem completa; fez um cerco na estação de ônibus na grande West Side de Baltimore, deixando centenas de adolescentes na área. Tudo isso gerou muita tensão: o que ocasionou o conflito entre os policiais e os jovens. A mídia durante a cobertura só mostrou um punhado de alunos que revidaram à estrutura de opressão armada pela polícia.

Mas quando você está recebendo bomba de gás lacrimogênio, sem ter como ir para casa, porque a estação de ônibus está fechada: o que você faz? Quando a prefeitura da sua cidade não investe dinheiro no sistema de ensino público por décadas… Quando tem dado todos os privilégios aos brancos, quando seu próprio prefeito chama seus capangas na televisão para contarem mentiras.

O que sobra?

O que fazer com toda essa raiva?

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Oh Baltimore

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After the rebellion of last night, the citizens are up and cleaning.

I can’t be there and help feed the thousands of children who will go without food today because school is closed. I can’t help clean up the damages. I can’t comfort my friends and neighbors. But I can write. I can write about all the distorted media images that will circulate about my city. I can write about the systematic occurrences that made the city a powder keg and the perfect place to start what I pray to God will become a real rebellion. Even though I don’t violence or bloodshed, I have to wonder how else will we get what we need.

Reckless, Helpless Anger

Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening in Baltimore.

The brutal and unnecessary death of Freddie Gray has left my city in mourning. Freddie, a West Baltimore native was believed to have been in his neighborhood when he made eye contact with a police eye officer. EYE CONTACT. Freddie was then chased and beat. 80% of his spinal cord was severed. He died in the hospital a week later. This video goes into detail.

There were many peaceful protests this past week. One peaceful protest was interrupted when drunk white Orioles fans began shouting “Niggers!” at the protesters as well as throwing objects. Thus began the “riots”. Oh no, thus began the small damage to a few cars, and a 7-11. White people have done worse damage when their favorite sports team win championships. Things got out of hand and people were arrested. But the city calmed down.

Then.

A “flyer” was allegedly circulated claiming that gangs were pulling together to “take out” cops. LOL I imagine an old white cop writing this “flyer” and recalling “jive talk” he saw in an old blaxsplotation film. Needless to say, this was not true. No such initiative was created but that didn’t stop the city from closing most major universities and business early in prep for an “attack”. They closed most of downtown and let people home early. Most people except high school students. black high school students. Police in full SWAT gear surrounded the major bus station on the West Side of Baltimore leaving hundreds of teenagers stranded in the area. They then began to antagonize them, and through rocks. The media will only show the handful of students who fought back. But when you’re getting tear gassed and told to go home AND they city has shut the busses down, what do you do?

When your city has taken money out of the public education system FOR DECADES…when your city has given all oppurtunity and grants to mostly white transplants, when your own BLACK mayor calls her youth thugs on Television.

What’s left?

What to do with all this anger?

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Still love my city.

Still honored to say I’m from Baltimore.

Still screaming fuck the cops.

Still sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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Ainda amo minha cidade.

Ainda assim a honra de dizer que eu sou de Baltimore.

Ainda gritando foda a polícia.

Ainda doente e cansado de estar doente e cansado.

The Black Female Domestic Worker; Part 1

It’s not uncommon to see worn wrinkled hands wiping the butts of small smooth skinned babies. Often the small smooth skinned backside is white. And the wrinkled hands? Well they’re black of course.

Cause that’s just how things are here.

It’s hard to watch honestly. At the job I was fired from about a month ago, I was one of the few noticeably black teachers. Dark brown skin, nappy hair type black. The hierarchy was as follows, the white or nearly white women were teachers, they wore blue collared shirts. The lighter skinned mixed looking black women wore pink shirts, which means they were teaching assistants. But the majority of women that really looked like me wore blue smocks and were maids, assistants and teachers all at once. They took children to the bathroom, they kept the classroom sparkling clean, they organized work, they fed kids, they did all the work. I’m sure they were paid way less than everyone else. I’m sure there feet hurt everyday.  They appeared happy and were always cordial but it was still very strange. I couldn’t help but wonder who was taking care of their kids and grandkids. Who takes care of these women when they are tired or sick or can’t give care any longer? No one.domestic-worker-jan10

(photo courtesy of radiolabour.net)