What “Normal” Is Baltimore Supposed To Get Back To?

Back in August, people kept talking about how Ferguson (and St. Louis more broadly) needed to “heal.” That same talk has been mentioned in regards to Baltimore.

The other thing that keeps getting talked about in all the recent cases of police brutality is “getting back to normal.”

What does that mean? What normal is Baltimore (or Ferguson or Cleveland or New York or…..) supposed to get back to?

We can’t go back to a normal where Freddie Gray is alive. So what normal is there?

The normal where communities of color suffer huge injustices and white America is willfully blind to it?

The normal where police can patrol communities of color with impunity?

The normal where politicians spout platitudes about dealing with the deep divisions/inequities yet continue to do nothing?

What normal is Baltimore supposed to go back to?

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