*UPDATE*: White Sox/Orioles postponed Tuesday for a second consecutive day (Chicago Sun-Times)
As reports of inflamed protest and increasing confrontations between residents of Baltimore and local law enforcement increased throughout Monday afternoon, we once again saw one of those routine instances where society and sports intersect.
As it often is, and in many ways should be, sports gets left in the dust after getting ran over by society. An easy-to-be-rescheduled regular season contest between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles was rescheduled within the past hour.
In no way did it seem to make sense to play a game at Camden Yards, square in the urban center of a thoroughly distressed metropolitan area, during another Monday night where we see a segment of America working through the brutal play-act of misery brought on by one more black person dying unreasonably at the hands of law enforcement.
Freddie Gray was buried today, the routine snuffing of his life — started by violent acts on April 12 by Baltimore police that led to his spine being severed — brought about the protest and brought about the misunderstandings which are playing out so tragically real in that mid-Atlantic city now and it extends minstrel-like digitally throughout the rest of our nation as this continues to play out.
Some will even drag this minor inconvenience of a canceled game into it, maybe using the fact that they can’t unwind with a leisurely 9 innings from their favorite ball club as a example of an criminal waste of effort and an inherent disrespect of values by people who refuse to play by the rules of society.
There’s a line that separates those who choose to fight for the respect of black life in this country against those who’d rather champion the rights of property to not be destroyed in protest or the right of institutions to not be approached in anger regardless of what perceived abuses said institutions continue to levy at a discerned segment of our nation.
That’s a reality, that’s tough to deal with while occupying time staring at battery-powered LED screens, but its nothing like what it feels like to be on the front lines, unable to escape in a burning community as clouded with smoke literally as it is figuratively filled with morals and answers that shade grey. Nothing will be settled tonight in the streets of Baltimore, it should be the same in the ball park that represents that city.
Baltimore (The Audacity of Despair — David Simon)
Why Freddie Gray ran (Baltimore Sun)
Seven Baltimore Police Officers Hurt In Clashes With Protesters (NPR)
Apartheid Games: Baltimore, Urban America and Camden Yards (The Nation)
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