Oct. 13, 2019

Looking For That Oasis In Circle Of Violence

"While I was enjoying the festivities at Morgan State University's Homecoming yesterday in Baltimore City. A rude awakening was occurring that involved guns, bullets, and depraved acts of unimaginable violence. In Baltimore, while tens of thousands of black people were being saturated by good vibes and sunshine. Other peoples including 15 people who were shot including a 2-year-old were ducking and dodging lead. Something is drastically onerous about the vicious web of violence that is a part of the daily life experiences of a resident of Baltimore City. The city that I grew up in no longer exists because of the lacking sense of neighborhood feeling that was so much a part of that city. My neighborhood was not much different from other neighborhoods in Baltimore during the 50s', 60s', and '70s. There was a genuine concern that blacks had for each other. Whether you were young, old, male, or female black people spoke to each other and cared for each and watched out for one another. That simply isn't the case any longer in the most seriously affected regions that have higher rates of crimes and violence. Now I notice people avoid eye contact and shy away from getting involved in looking out for one another. The sense that getting involved and looking out for someone comes with the possibility of retribution is pervasive in Baltimore. I was on an oasis yesterday while I was on the campus of Morgan State University but even the oasis that is Morgan State University has been touched by the meaningless violence that has infected Baltimore City. I was thinking that a move back to Baltimore City was in my future but honestly, I would be likened to a deer caught in the headlights frozen in place. I simply couldn't handle the day to day grind of Baltimore City living for an extended period of time at my age any longer. So, I reckon I will be like most other former residents of Baltimore City. I will visit my hometown but only those areas of the city that offer a sense of an oasis of safety. With the hope that during my visits that oasis will not be disturbed by the malignancy of the violence virus that surrounds those select regions." "