On Monday riots broke out in Baltimore following the murder of Freddie Gray on April 19 when he suffered a spinal cord injury while in police custody. Six officers that took part in the arrest have been suspended with pay. You can see a portion of the arrest in the video.
As national television coverage arrived in Baltimore Monday afternoon, residents expressed their anger and grief for the lack of attention to Freddie Gray’s death, prior to the uproar.
There is no dispute that there are major economic disparities in this city (and around the country), yet the riots resulted in damaged buildings including a senior citizens’ home, police officers injured, and a weeklong city-wide curfew from 10pm-5am. Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced that Baltimore City Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, which many of its students rely on free and reduced-priced meals. On the contrary, community organizations and leaders have come together offering free meals to Baltimore residents here.
In the midst of Monday’s riots, many people took to Twitter to discuss their discontent with celebrities who decided to remain silent on social media, however, find it convenient to tweet or Instagram when there’s a new product to promote. On the contrary, when you look to your favorite celebrities to speak out on social matters, you run the risk of agreeing or disagreeing with their opinion.
Here is some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and prominent media figures who chose to speak out.
What’s going on in Baltimore is honestly hurting my heart!!!! I’m praying for the city in a whole….I promote Peace not War!!!!
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) April 28, 2015
Those who’ve never had to fight for anything will always try to tell you your fight is wrong. Trust your heart. Fight for what brings it joy — Rob Hill Sr. (@RobHillSr) April 28, 2015
Nobody wins in Baltimore tonight. My heart is broken watching the news in Singapore right now. #prayersforbaltimore
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 28, 2015
Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015
I’m upset to see a senior center burned and a church destroyed. I’m just more outraged by pervasive state violence & extrajudicial killing.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) April 28, 2015
The media isn’t the problem in Baltimore. It’s the ABJECT LACK OF LEADERSHIP. The media isn’t the problem here. #BaltimoreRiots
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) April 28, 2015
Praying for peace in Baltimore — Trey Songz (@TreySongz) April 28, 2015
I’m embarrassed for Baltimore right now!!!
— Tony Siragusa (@TonySiragusa) April 28, 2015
Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will. — Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) April 27, 2015
stop calling for peace when you really mean silence.
— Mychal Denzel Smith (@mychalsmith) April 27, 2015
Prayers for Baltimore…
— Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) April 28, 2015