In my latest post for The Root I profiled controversial and charismatic pastor Jamal Bryant. Bryant is known for his viral internet fame when he quoted Chris Brown, but is also known for his work in fighting mass incarceration and police brutality. He spoke with me over the phone on Wednesday. We discussed the death of Freddie Gray, the impact it has had on the city and the controversy around that viral video.
Here’s a snippet:
“People are looking at it just from the last 11 days and don’t realize that Baltimoreans have been under suppressed rage for years,” Bryant said. “We’ve not had protests of any magnitude since 1968, when King was assassinated.”
With Gray’s death, Bryant said, the “Pandora’s box” was opened, and although several investigations have been opened into the 25-year-old’s death, there are still no answers as to what happened to Gray while he was in police custody, sustaining injuries that would eventually kill him.
This lack of justice is what Bryant believes set off youths in Baltimore and sent them out into the streets.