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Prayers for Baltimore. Shocked at what is happening.

  1. catomd00

    grapefruit / 4418 posts

    Very sad and scary scene here.

  2. Mrs. Tiger

    blogger / pomegranate / 3044 posts

    It's so upsetting. So close to home for us, and we have good friends in the city

    I feel for the people mourning and protesting, the cops who are trying to keep peace, and the parents of the knuckleheads who are causing damage and hurting people. I hope this stops tonight

  3. Smurfette

    GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts

    It is really sad

  4. Ra

    honeydew / 7586 posts

    Thanks ladies! It is heartbreaking and terrifying to watch our city be looted and burned.

  5. Kimberlybee

    grapefruit / 4997 posts

    @Ra: I thought of you and your music t-shirts all day. Praying for a safe and quick resolution for the city and keeping your family in my prayers too for your safety.

  6. cmomma17

    honeydew / 7811 posts

    @Ra: Hope you and your loved ones are okay! We aren't far. Very scary and sad. Love Baltimore!!

  7. yellowbird

    honeydew / 7303 posts

    I have a lot of friends who live in Baltimore. So sad and scary to watch the news. Sending up lots of prayers.

  8. travelgirl1

    cantaloupe / 6630 posts

    @Ra: I hope you guys are okay!

  9. Maysprout

    grapefruit / 4800 posts

    Very sad. But these are long overdue conversations, hopefully some positive changes are made.

  10. Ra

    honeydew / 7586 posts

    So, today there are rumors of our neighborhood being hit around 3:30. At this point it's just a rumor but Steve is taking Brady and heading to my mom's house about 45 mins away. Thank you to the few of you that actually care and have been thinking about the bees, and residents in general, in this amazing city.

  11. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    very sad, hoping it can calm down soon. We are close to the city but not in the city. Feeling sad for those who live there and are stuck in the middle of all of this.

  12. autumnlove

    hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts

    Very sad.

  13. Truth Bombs

    grapefruit / 4321 posts

    @Maysprout: Regardless of how long overdue the conversations are, I can't support rioting and looting as a way to create positive change.

  14. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    This is so sad and scary.

    @Ra: I hope your family stays safe.

  15. lovehoneybee

    GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts

    @Ra: I've been thinking about you and my other Baltimore friends all day.

  16. coopsmama

    cantaloupe / 6059 posts

    @Ra: I'm glad you guys are taking the rumor seriously and getting B out of there!! I hope it amounts to nothing, though. So scary! Thinking of all of you there.

  17. Maysprout

    grapefruit / 4800 posts

    @Truth Bombs: I don't think there's many people who support rioting and looting. But I don't find what happened surprising given the problems Baltimore has had for a long time.

  18. twodoghouse

    honeydew / 7230 posts

    @Ra: Thinking of you guys.

  19. Greentea

    pomelo / 5678 posts

    Thinking of you! Hope you stay safe.

  20. littlebug

    honeydew / 7504 posts

    @Ra: Also been thinking of you. My sister lived in Butcher's Hill for a long time and we visited frequently. It's always sad when you see this kind of thing happen, but it's kind of easy to "disengage" when it's an unfamiliar location. Seeing this in a city I have come to know and love is very disconcerting. My sister is heartbroken. I feel for you and for your friends, family, and neighbors. Stay safe!

  21. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts

    @Ra: Stay safe! This is crazy

  22. jedeve

    pomegranate / 3643 posts

    @Maysprout: agree. I believe in non violence and believe it's a priority to end structural violence. Telling people they should be non violent whilst a system perpetrates violence towards them is simply another act of violence.

  23. MamaG

    pomelo / 5298 posts

    @Ra: Be safe. Keeping you and all your fellow neighbors in my thoughts. I can't imagine being in your shoes - but unfortunately anyone of us could be at anytime.

  24. lawbee11

    GOLD / watermelon / 14076 posts

    @Ra: When will you be back in Baltimore? It must be scary to be out of the country while all of this is going on. I hope your DH and B stay safe.

    I thought this was a good read: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/nonviolence-as-compliance/391640/

  25. mrsjyw

    GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22646 posts

    What a terrible tragedy on all ends of this. I hope the violence dies down soon, for all of the city's residents' safety and well being.

  26. Ra

    honeydew / 7586 posts

    @lawbee11: I fly back today. Then Steve flies out in the morning so it'll be just me and B in this mess. Hoping the National Guard helps to end things before they escalate any further.

  27. MrsSCB

    pomelo / 5257 posts

    @Ra: glad to hear your DH and LO are heading out of town, I think that is probably wise. I grew up in No.Va. and spent a good amount of time in Baltimore. It is very sad to see what's happening in the city.

    In general, I wish more attention had been given to the thousands who have been protesting peacefully. As usual, it's a minority of people who are inciting violence but that's all the news cares to show. I agree with @Maysprout, though, that these tensions have been brewing for awhile, and I think it's disingenuous of authorities to act surprised by what's going on.

  28. .twist.

    pineapple / 12802 posts

    I'm just catching up on the news now! This is all so horrible. I hope all you Baltimore bees, and bees with family there are all staying safe.

    This is such a tragic state of affairs.

  29. Ra

    honeydew / 7586 posts

    @lawbee11: That article definitely resonates. While the looting and violence are not justified the anger certainly is. Sadly, the majority of people both in my presence and on social media choose the live in their middle class white bubble and are buying in to the hate and racism the media is perpetuating.

    What the news isn't showing, but many of my friends are, are all the organized clean up efforts, the local citizens and businesses bringing food and drinks to emergency responders, the gang members marching with the clergy and calling for peace, and peaceful protesters standing in between the cops and the violence. There is a lot of good happening in the city, it just doesn't make good news. I'm anxious to get back and help with the efforts!

  30. Mrs. Tiger

    blogger / pomegranate / 3044 posts

    @Ra: how nerve wracking to be away! I hope all three of you stay safe .

  31. MrsSCB

    pomelo / 5257 posts

    @Ra: I appreciated this article for showing different sides of the conflict than what most of the media is focusing on. http://m.mic.com/articles/116702/10-images-of-the-baltimore-riots-you-won-t-be-seeing-on-tv

  32. BandDmommy

    pomelo / 5660 posts

    Agree or disagree I wasn't trying to spark debate about the riots. Let's try and keep this positive. Thanks!

  33. .twist.

    pineapple / 12802 posts

    @Ra: Are you going to stay with your in laws when you get back?

    @MrsSCB: That was a great article. I wish these communities didn't have to focus their energies and support on cleaning up their neighbourhoods, instead of being able to be a bigger voice for peace.

  34. LBee

    pomegranate / 3895 posts

    @Ra: Thinking of you, your family, your city, and your neighbors. It's so nice to hear the perspective from someone "in the thick of it" - especially with how the news is slanting it.

  35. BandDmommy

    pomelo / 5660 posts

    @Ra: Thinking of you and your family momma..

  36. Ra

    honeydew / 7586 posts

    @.twist.: They are with my parents. I guess it depends on how the day progresses.

  37. .twist.

    pineapple / 12802 posts

    @Ra: derp. I misread that! That's good.

  38. Synchronicity

    grapefruit / 4089 posts

    Thinking of all the Baltimore bees.. Hope everyone is safe!

  39. jedeve

    pomegranate / 3643 posts

    @BandDmommy: I don't know, I think keeping it to "hope the riots die down" is a very one sided way of keeping it positive. There are lots of mommas in Baltimore worried about their babies in a different way and experiencing a different type of violence. That half of it needs to be discussed. And I think that IS positive. If we want peace (and we all do!) we need to work for justice.

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