Baltimore Is Still Troubled, Still Racist—and Still My City

Absolutely Anything Is Possible in Crabtown, Which Is Why I'm Keeping the Faith as It Burns Around Me

Baltimore Is Still Troubled, Still Racist—and Still My City

When things turned very ugly in Baltimore on Monday—widespread looting, massive property destruction, arson, and assaults on police, motorists and pedestrians—I called a friend to see if she was okay.

Riots sparked by teenagers—a social media organized “purge” targeting police—began when school let out about 3 p.m., overshadowing peaceful protests over the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, whose spinal cord was crushed while in police custody.

My call was to Sister Peggy Juskelis, a School Sister of Notre Dame and lifelong Baltimorean who serves as president of Mother Seton Academy, …

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