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The Wire‘s acclaim partly stems from its examination of the broken systems that overlook us: Both its consenters and victims. It didn’t delve that much into racial tensions and police brutality though, but this doesn’t mean the cast isn’t aware of it. Creator David Simon and some members of the crew stated their thoughts on the ongoing Baltimore tragedy.

Simon has constantly advocated for nonviolent protest. In response to the Trayvon Martin case, Simon said, “If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve. I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own.”

Simon’s stance is the same following Freddie Gray’s death. He strongly criticized the violent reaction on his blog.

But now — in this moment — the anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease.  There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today.  But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a dimunition of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death.

If you can’t seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in Baltimore.  Turn around.  Go home.  Please.

Wendell Pierce (Bunk), Andre Royo (Bubbles) and Snoop Pearson (Snoop; see above) also shared Simon’s opinion, according to tweets gathered by Mic.

One of The Wire‘s main (and closing) motifs is how the system creates a cycle. In other words, some things don’t change.


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5 thoughts on “David Simon And ‘The Wire’ Cast Slam Baltimore Riots

  1. @Kim,

    Problem is…blacks don’t own or build anything of our own…we are heavily dependent on white people to build in our neighborhoods, hire us, train us, hell… even police us!! Lol!!! Sooooo….when you burn down stores in your average poor black neighborhood, stores, that bring employment and convenience don’t get re-built because white people refuse to put businesses back into the community…that’s why the critically thinking black folks that were upset about the rioting were out trying to quickly clean up the neighborhood and clean up around the CVS…they know white people hold the power and purse strings to decide what businesses will get developed and folks haven’t figured this out we may enjoy the few minutes of pleasure destroying, however those CEO’s (white men) will not be putting anything into the neighborhood you burn down..most blacks either work for a company owned by white people or run by white people…other minority groups like Asians, Arabs, Jews, at least own businesses and retain a good deal of their wealth, so their absolute dependency on white people for everything isn’t as glaring… The poor blacks in BMore will be very lucky if any of those businesses re-open..those blacks that were working in those businesses are now unemployed. By the way, a good deal of black neighborhoods or businesses from the riots in the 1960’s have not been re-built. And of course when America is tired of the celebratory freak show going on in the streets…this will all become forgotten news…like the Watts riots, Ferguson, Rodney King, BMore circa 1968…etc……

  2. It’s easy for those people to criticize the rioting when they “do not” have to experience such treatment that have been put on black people since slavery. One day the tables should turn, and let’s see if these insensitive people would have the same opinions then! White America needs to stop denying that they are racist, evil, and full of hatred towards black people; and America is Guilty on All counts!

  3. Honestly on said:

    Hold your heads high Nubian men, women and children, these cave ni@@ers have no right to judge us. These neanderthal apes are rigid racist, liars and savages. The mayonnaise monkeys should be driven back into the caves of Europe.

  4. I really do not care about what David Simon or any of the critics of the Baltimore rioters have to say. I am glad that these rioters are doing what they are doing—–Sending a message to the authorities that “No-justice-no-peace” Where are these detractors’ outrage for the death of Freddie Gray?? After all, what is worse rioting or murder?? The police department that took Freddie Gray’s life for little or no reason has been given tremendous leeway and still has not answered the question—-“What did you do that killed Freddie Gray??” Instead of the police involved in Freddie Gray’s death being charged, they have been put on “paid vacation” I am old enough to remember the riots of the 1960s when Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. Black people were given a much higher level of respect after those riots. Why should I listen to the racists and cowards who are crying out for the protesters to be peaceful. Peace will get you NOTHING!

  5. good luck baltimore, from los angeles, been there done that, the community still hasnt recovered from the 92 riots here in Los Angeles.not the smartest thing to do, but something needs to be done ASAP!!

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