Social Justice in Baltimore

Mrs. Brady

Essential Question:

What is the role of the individual in the search for social justice?

Discussion Questions:

To remember our essential question discussions, watch the montage of answers from your favorite seniors about how they would define social justice and what they think is the right way to achieve it.

Then, seek them out in the hallway or lunchroom and share what you've learned!

Social Justice-Title1a

It just so happens that while we are discussing social justice in English class...

people are protesting and fighting for social justice in Baltimore.
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Dear Racist, Looting, Rioting Scumbags in Baltimore...

We live in an age of sensationalism. We find ourselves in an era where every headline has to grab your attention, regardless of its substance in order to generate your digital patronage.

That’s the news industry in which we live.

I’m hoping this can cut through that.

To the looters, to the vandals, the felons, the people in Baltimore (and elsewhere) ruining this great Republic of ours: before you call me a racist, before you call me insensitive… understand that to use both would be an oxymoron.

It is my complete lack of any interest in your race, background, gender, personal beliefs and/or struggles that makes me an insensitive jerk. I accept that. It also makes me incapable of discrimination.

You are animals. If you are able to destroy the home or business of your neighbor, you’ve lost your humanity. If you are able to harm your fellow man, to scare their children, to do so with a clean conscience, merely because of something that some cop may or may not have done, which has nothing to do with you… you are a horrible human being. You disgust me, as you should anyone who wishes to be a part of civilized society.

Leftists will come to your defense and demand “understanding." You deserve none. We are past the point of understanding. You deserve justice.

I reserve my “understanding” for the people you’ve hurt, for the businesses you’ve cost countless sums of money, blood, sweat and tears. If that makes me “insensitive," then you are the one who is placing greater value on the grievance of the felons, than that of the tax-paying, law abiding citizen. You are siding with the criminal, over the local business owner.

I was raised in Canada, and moved to the United States as soon as I was legally able. This is not the America I sought. This is not the shining city on a hill which I admired from afar. It turns my stomach, and it makes me even more sick to know that people like me will be vilified for voicing these opinions.

This isn’t just a dark day for America, this is a dark day for humanity. These actions don’t merely bring shame on any individual race. Rather, the human race. To all the decent people left, kiss your wives and hug your children. We are on the cusp of darkness the likes of which this country has never seen.

Signed, One Insensitive Jerk.


Crowder, Steven. "An Open Letter To The Racist, Looting, Rioting Scumbags in Baltimore..." Western Journalism. Liftable Media Inc, 27 Apr. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Some other perspectives...

The below two links are two additional perspective of the demonstrations in Baltimore. You may choose to watch/read these to further inform yourself, or you may choose another news article or news clip that interests you. Use the link at the bottom of the page, and make sure it's coming from a reliable source! Pay attention! You will report out about what you learned later!

Social Justice: A Look at Baltimore

Assignment Description:

Using only credible news sources (CNN, NPR, FoxNews, ABC, MSN, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, etc.), find an article or news clip that you will either use as support for your own opinion/argument about the situation in Baltimore OR that you will refute in your own argument. Tip: Use the below link to!

1. Prepare a short (no longer than 2 minute) summary of the content of the article or news story and why you chose it. (You will not be turning this in; you will be sharing it with a small group of your classmates.)

2. Use the source, coupled with your own opinion, to write a letter to a party involved in the Baltimore demonstrations (clergyman, demonstrators, rioters, police officers, politicians, etc.). You can model your letter off of the example above. Make sure you address what the role of the individual should be in the journey to social justice.

3. Finally, incorporate an allusion to one of the other texts we have read during this unit:

  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Fahrenheit 451 -Ray Bradbury
  • Getting a Job -Maya Angelou
  • Montgomery Boycott -Coretta Scott King
  • A Eulogy to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -Robert F. Kennedy
  • Harrison Bergeron -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"But I already forgot the definition of an allusion!"

Check out our padlet using allusions!