Two very similar incidents regarding protesters voicing their opinions that turned into rioting. Yet they didn't end with very similar outcomes. Hundreds were arrested and charged for crimes of breaking the windows of public property and setting vehicles on fire at the Freddie Gray protests. Less than a hundred were arrested and charged for the same crimes at the Inauguration riots.
The Freddie Gray rioters were held responsible for their crimes and found guilty. According to the Baltimore Sun, some of the rioters who were arrested for burglary was held at higher bails than the officers charged for Freddie Gray's death. And one defendants alone took five years for a first-degree burglary. I can't help but to feel like this is modern day slavery.
Businesses such as those seen in the photograph above, were vandalized in the same fashion by rioters of the 2017 Inauguration. Yet, I'm struggling to find an article that says rioters were held responsible for their actions in the same manner. So while the crimes were the same and the timing was within a few years of one another and the intentions were the same, I can't help but notice that the complexion of the rioters were different and so were their verdicts.
Protesters turned rioters should choose their race wisely before committing a crime out of rage towards an unjust. system. Inequality is well and alive. America, president, government, leaders you MUST do better. No justice? No equality? It's 2017.
If I had one gift, one purpose, then I'd like to believe that one was to contribute to society providing unity and love through the art of photography.