Baltimore is a great city for medicine. The famed John Hopkins and the National Institute of Health both call Baltimore home. Yet, right now, the people of the City of Baltimore are hurting as evidenced by the civil unrest witnessed there in recent days after the death of Freddie Gray. Unfortunately, the pain they are enduring and acting out upon is not something we can cure as medical professionals.
The upheaval and raw, emotional anger witnessed in Baltimore this week is of the same strain seen recently in protests in Ferguson, MO after the shooting of Michael Brown; in our home town of New York City after the death of Eric Garner and in many other cities around the nation. It is a pain borne of poverty, oppression and desperation.
As the Reverend Martin Luther King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard”. From all of us at the Allen School Blog, we wish to convey our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Baltimore – of every race and ethnicity. We hear your pain and outrage. We share in the ardent desire to help ease the suffering of iniquity and to raise up the standard for every American so that desperation and anger such as we’ve witnessed in recent days should never be the experience of any one of our countrymen.