Voices of Baltimore: Black, White and Gray
It’s been three years since the in-custody death of Freddie Gray spawned unrest across Baltimore. A Consent Decree between the city and the Department of Justice has now been signed, and long-term reform continues to unfold. Kwame Rose, activist and community liaison, and Councilman Brandon Scott, Vice Chair of the Baltimore Public Safety Committee, are both engaged in these efforts.
According to Councilman Scott, the “wheels” of change have begun to turn. The “real” work, according to Scott, will come when policy changes from the Consent Decree are implemented, but he hopes civilian oversight and participation will continue. Scott lauds new Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, but says that in order for Baltimore to improve, reform and crime rates must be managed at the same time.
Kwame Rose is now working for BMORE Beautiful, a city beautification program through Mayor Pugh’s office. He believes residents in the city should continue to push for accountability in their elected officials, and that alternative strategies for challenging existing structures and institutions are needed. He hopes more people can continue to become engaged, and that more resources can be put into under-served communities.