"Revolutionary Waves: The Tidal Baltimore Riots in 1968 and 2015"
In the wake of the deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr in 1968 and Freddie Grey in 2015, the city of Baltimore was lit up in flames. Police officers shot tear gas into civilian crowds while civilians set fire to local businesses and flung rocks at the police. Some citizens stole from the stores, while others focused their efforts on retaliating against the police force, and some saw the former as an act of the latter. Given the wrought political climate in the United States informed by a historical tension between state and citizen, the moment at which anger manifested in the riots—from the uncontrolled to the channeled—presents a scenario that requires examining. Through theoretical readings, interviews and ethnographic observations, this project intends to understand and evaluate the methods used in rejecting imposed conditions in America, in particular, the point at which the individual and/or the collective decides on violence.