Defense attorney Ed Garland, Ray Lewis and defense attorney Don Samuel stand in an Atlanta courtroom June 5, 2000, as Lewis pleads guilty to the charge of misdemeanor obstruction of justice after striking a plea bargain for the lower charge in exchange for his testimony against two co-defendants for a double homicide.

Ray Lewis, former star of the Baltimore Ravens, has a few words about the violence going on in the city. Yes, that Ray Lewis who was involved in a homicide. Which is definitely a form of violence.

Sitting in his house, Lewis spouts similar rhetoric that can be heard across conservative airwaves and media. Lewis urges people in Baltimore to go home and says that tearing up the city that was built for them is not going to do them any good.

But what Lewis forgets is that the city wasn’t built for those people who are tearing it down. The city was built for the gentrifiers who have moved into Baltimore, pushing out its longtime inhabitants because they can’t afford it anymore.


What Lewis fails to realize is that those people who are complaining about a CVS being burned down never stepped foot in the area to begin with. But now it’s “their” city.

Lewis did bring up a few good points: He recognizes that the city’s residents are tired. They are frustrated. They want change.

But that change will come only when an administration is put in that wants change. And unfortunately, corruption pays off in the city of Baltimore.


So for Lewis, I have only a few words: Don’t condemn the people of Baltimore, those same people who stood by your side when you were going through your own issues with violence, but instead get off your video camera and stand by them and fight with them for change.

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