Watching the local corporate news feeds and listening to the paid talking heads covering the protests in Baltimore on Saturday, one might be forgiven for thinking blocking traffic and smashing windows was somehow a greater act of violence than Baltimore police murdering Freddie Gray.
This summer America got a much-needed wake up call about why people burn down buildings and smash in franchise chain storefronts. Still though, police continue to murder young black men, and still for-profit media report their pro-government, pro-cop propaganda.
Local CBS WJZ anchor Denise Koch reached a point of near hysteria with her concern for the fans of a baseball game who might be stuck in traffic due to the occupied streets. “It’s important the people of Baltimore remain civilized,” Koch proclaimed over and over.