On Saturday the Orioles were playing host in a Major League Baseball game, while outside Camden Yards Stadium, things began to erupt as the protests in the City of Baltimore began to turn violent. Traffic was shut down and fans were required to stay inside the facility for some time before things were calm and safe enough for them to be able to leave.
Of course this prompted a fury of tweets directed at both the Orioles’ decision-making as well as the violence at large. Orioles Vice President John Angelos stepped up to the plate and knocked it right out of the park with a series of tweets that when assembled are a heartfelt and rational defense of everything that was happening and an indictment on the real causes and where the continued focus needs to be while the media try to push it towards a story about angry black men and their “senseless violence.”
Check out his words of wisdom:
(Tweets have been edited together for cohesion)
Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living, and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards.
We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”