Violence, fire, and fear: What is our responsibility?

The Greater Springfield Center for Diversity & Reconciliation

By Cory Goode

At the time that I sat down to write this letter, the streets of Baltimore were being swallowed up by waves of violence, fire, and fear. Anger and frustration have again reached their boiling points following the death of Freddie Gray. A city—a community—is seeking answers as to what caused the injuries that led to Gray’s death while he was in police custody.

Earlier this morning, a friend shared the following quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., on her Facebook profile.

“It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I…

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