Baltimore: Hard Times in the City

“Baltimore,” written in 1977 by LA’s Randy Newman, performed here by Jamaica’s Tamlins (Carlton Smith, Junior Moore, and Derrick Lara) in this 1979 recording produced by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

“Good people hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
’cause the city is dying
And they don’t know why.”


“The Economic Devastation Fueling The Anger In Baltimore,” Bryce Covert, Think Progress

“In Freddie Gray’s Baltimore neighborhood, half of the residents don’t have jobs,” German Lopez, Vox

“Baltimore and the State of American Cities,” Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker

“Nonviolence as Compliance,” Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

“In West Baltimore, some residents see rioting as a rational response to daily despair,” Jenée Desmond-Harris, Vox

“What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who’s lived there for over 30 years,” Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post

“How Baltimore’s Young Black Men Are Boxed In,” Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight

“Black Baltimore residents aren’t ‘animals’. We punish people for killing animals.” Jason Nichols, The Guardian

“5 ways you can help Baltimore,” Marina Lopes, PBS NewsHour


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