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Orioles Boss John Angelos Issues Thought-Provoking Statement Regarding the Baltimore Riots
On Saturday, Baltimore sports radio host Brett Hollander shared his opinion on the tragic Baltimore riots. Then Baltimore Orioles Chief Operating Officer John Angeles took to Twitter to respond.
Given that Angelos is a very rich man, and that his team actually had to cancel Monday’s game because of the riots, you might think he’d be pretty critical of the hooligans tearing the city apart. And he is.
However, he’s more critical of the fact that America’s civic and economic leaders—the “elites” in Tea Party speak—have let socio-economic conditions get so bad over the last 40 years such that this sort of thing is even possible.
If you’re really into authenticity, you can read John Angelos’ entire statement on his Twitter timeline. However, here it is compressed into a single block of text for easier reading:
Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy, investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importances of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.
Apparently Angelos is working under the crazy assumption that people with jobs and property don’t burn cities to the ground, and that if so-called “job creators” actually created jobs, tragic events like the Baltimore riots wouldn’t even happen.
Sounds pretty far-fetched to me.
Hat Tip – [FTW]