As if the framing and coverage of the #BaltimoreUprising has not been problematic enough, there are people out there purposely trying to make things worse. Enter the internet racists with their #BaltimoreLootCrew. Using false avatars, outdated pictures and awful stereotypes, they are just adding fuel to the fire:
If you look at the #BaltimoreLootCrew hashtag, you’ll see what looks like Baltimore residents—all black—bragging about things they’ve stolen during this week’s civil unrest. But none of these photos are real. Instead, it’s the work of 8chan-affiliated white supremacists, bubbling over the sort of message board fecal matter that would’ve been confined to /b/ in the era before social media. … It’d be easy to brush all this aside as horrible Chan-culture bullshit, but there are people who think this is real and representative. This Medium post rounded up several examples of people who’ve notified law enforcement about these fictional looters, or expressed general dismay.
Because people are the worst.
Team Blackness also discussed the probability that Freddie Gray broke his own spine and the incredibly high bail set for one protestor who smashed a police car window.