John P. Angelos’ Letter Puts Riots In Perspective

It all began with a few Tweets by Baltimore sports radio host, Brett Hollander. But what happened next left many people cheering for Baltimore Orioles Executive Vice President, John P. Angelos.

Here, without any editorializing or commenting, are their words. Read them carefully and judge accordingly…



Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.

— John P. Angelos, Baltimore 2015

One thought on “John P. Angelos’ Letter Puts Riots In Perspective

  1. I am with you Mr Angelos. I remember back when my father, who was a Baltimore City Police Officer back in the 50s-70s, laid in his hospital bed in downtown Baltimore as he gazed on the horrors taking place on streets of Baltimore like it had never been seen before. He called us at home and told us not to go anywhere. The point being we have let the good citizens of our beloved Baltimore down by taking away jobs that could feed families and provide economic protection and growth. As a young girl attending Patterson High School I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others so I spent my last year of school volunteering at a community center where kids would come after school so they could be looked after til their parents got home. What happened? My father saw many things in his travels but the one that bothered me most is that in W Baltimore dog food was being used for human consumption because the people could not afford food on their table…I never complained about eating another hot dog again. If we think that if we don’t look at the problem that it will go away or that it doesn’t exist or it doesn’t apply to me we are sadly mistaken. It is not too late to vote in some honest caring down to earth folks who see the reality and needs and with great pride and vision to lead our our great Baltimore to higher ground than ever before. Thank you for addressing the real issue here!


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