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In the midst of mainstream media reports on the Baltimore protests, it’s easy to get lost in fact from fiction. The protests are in response the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old man who was arrested April 12 in West Baltimore, sustaining spinal injuries while in police custody. Gray died April 19 from said injuries, sparking outcry in Baltimore and beyond on the state of Black Lives in America.

What mainstream media has reported, is an obvious bias of protraying Black youth as ruthless thugs in favor of defending a system that has allowed the state sanctioned killings of 381 lives in 2015 alone. No need to look further than MSM’s botched photojournalism. Here are two ways the mainstream media is deceiving you.

 Photos have been circulating the web aren’t what they’re chopped up to be.


Photos have been making their rounds around the web of protesters gone wild–showing photos of looters, vandals, violence. To reiterate the words of Deray McKesson , I will not mourn broken windows over broken spines. Freddie Gray was 25. Freddie Gray will not come back. While some of these photos do represent protesters coping with the pain brought on by  institutionalized racism and the lack of value for Black and Brown men in America,  there are media outlets reporting false information on some of these circulated photos.


For instance, the above photo, after being posted on Buzzfeed, purported to show a man shield an innocent bystander from an angered protester.

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And this one, of the same ‘innocent’ woman having her bag stolen by another enraged protester. Just her luck, right?

So was such the case until people in those photos surfaced, stating what truly happened:

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And Brandon Soderberg, that man from the first photo, just so happens to be a writer for the Baltimore City Paper. In an article he wrote on the news site, Soderberg also told a different story than the one being reported, in which the woman, an angry and drunk sports fan also had to be pulled away from antagonizing the protesters.

The pleading woman followed the protesters up to the bar Frank & Nic’s. She was reaching out at people and yelling. I stopped her from walking toward a protester who was throwing a chair at a window, and that’s when the picture was taken.


Meanwhile, MSM ignores other photos because they don’t fit the narrative.

Like the over 1,000 people who took to the streets to clean up the aftermath of the protest.

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Or of people passing out water bottles to police officers

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Or of non-violent interactions of protesters with the police:


And anything else positive coming out of Baltimore:


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Originally from the Bay, I was uprooted from my eclectic surroundings and forced to spend my formative years in conservative San Joaquin County (Stockton) after Loma Prieta. Earthquake central couldn't deter me, and in 2010, I relocated to San Francisco. After a year of not being rich or knowing how to code, I moved to Oakland, where my momma and my momma's momma were born. Oakland has changed A LOT from when I was growing up, and I love getting reacquainted with my roots. Like our city's logo, Oakland grounds me, it's where I've rediscovered myself and unleashed my creativity. If I were a tattoo, I'd be eyes on my eyelids so I can snooze the day without anyone noticing (which I do often.) If I were a street in Oakland, I'd be Skyline Blvd, because, the view. Favorite spot in Oakland? I love it all! But I'd have to say Redwood Regional Park...or Raj Indian in Piedmont.

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