Reblog: The Thing About Baltimore Is…

This is a really worthy (and helpfully linkful!) blog post from a friend-of-a-friend who lives in the Baltimore area. If you read it be sure to scroll down to see the main body of the post!

Here are a few of my favorite snippets:

Out of town reporters will try to survey the damage tomorrow not realizing how many burned/damaged bldgs already existed in these n’hoods
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) April 28, 2015

(I am always painfully, bleakly amused that the same people condemning gang activity are often the same people arguing for a libertarian utopia of stateless self-policing. That’s what gangs are...)

The thing about last night’s riots is that even the cops think it was the cops’ fault.

The thing about Baltimore is that last night’s riots became this morning’s cleanup became this afternoon’s block party

This is, quite literally, about Push coming to Shove.

But that does not mean the ordinary folks aren’t taking responsibility for the results of their actions. On the contrary, the only group who seems to be avoiding that so far is the police.


About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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