On April 19, 25-year-old #FreddieGray was taken into police custody. After suffering a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody, he slipped into a coma and died a week later.

Protesters took to the streets, and a state of emergency was called in the city of Baltimore. Racial tensions have always been high in #Baltimore, and the events of the past few days are a culmination of years of racial injustice and oppression.

One reporter says, “What’s crucial to understand, as Baltimore residents take to the streets in long-simmering frustration, is that their general grievances are valid regardless of how this case plays out. For as in Ferguson, where residents suffered through years of misconduct so egregious that most Americans could scarcely conceive of what was going on, the people of Baltimore are policed by an entity that perpetrates stunning abuses. The difference is that this time we needn’t wait for a DOJ report to tell us so. Harrowing evidence has been presented. Yet America hasn’t looked.”

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” We pray that those in power would begin to listen to the voices of the oppressed, and we pray for God’s justice to prevail.

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