I don't condone violence yet I understand it. The riots in Baltimore doesn't hinder on the fact if Freddie Gray is guilty or not. The same applies for Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.
It's the fact that if a white guy was caught doing a crime (or not doing one) he wouldn't be executed in cold blood. Reason being is obviously 1. racism and 2. financial segregation. Although in the broad sense racial segregation is no more we still segregate anyone who isn't white by providing them with less opportunities.
Because of that when a cop guns down a black guy they figure that guy's family isn't going to have the money to get the best damn attorney on the planet to assure the gunman gets the jail time he deserves. Also they know who the courts are going to side with.
When put in the same position these men and woman face everyday who's to say I would react differently. Am I saying the riots in Baltimore are right? No. What I'm saying is I could understand why when living under a constant state of fear from those sworn to protect us that one would become extremely hostile.
Let me make one thing clear. I am in no way stating that I think all cops are bad. I know there are a lot of good cops who have to deal with an incredulous amount of stress. Yet I also know that the bad cops are more than just a few bad apples.
When placed in a situation whether you're Black, White, Asian, Native American, Hispanic or plain old cartoon Simpsons I think it would be hard to argue that you wouldn't be tempted by rage either.
This situation of racial discrimination within the police force counteracted with fury is not one with an unequivocal answer. Life is not black and white nor shades of grey but rather a multitude of complicated colors.
We must think before we judge.