UB law student Caylin Young, who was recently elected the 2015-16 chair of the National Black Law Students Association, published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun on May 2.
“Our people in Baltimore are tired of second-class citizenship in a first-class city. This is why we witness a great city ignited. As long as this racial caste system exists in America, we will continue to see what Malcolm X described as ‘reactions against police brutality.’ We have worked to form a nonviolent movement against police brutality. Despite this, as the family laid Freddie Gray to rest, violence prevailed.
“Let me be clear, violence is unacceptable. However, I do not have to condone it to understand from whence it originates. As stated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ‘A riot is the language of the unheard.’ … [A] violent minority has exploited this situation at the expense of the unheard. They will not hijack the quest for justice.”