Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The #Disrespect of #FreddieGray

A few weeks ago, Les Bosques, a documentary short film, based on a ballet by the NYC Ballet company, where "art and social uproar interweave" was released at the Tribecca Film Festival. Les Bosques was inspired by the 2005 riots in suburban France, in the Clichy Sous-Bois (a suburb of Paris). This week, Freddie Gray, the young 25-year old black male who died mysteriously while under police custody, has become the symbol of police distrust by many in our country and sparked an urban riot in his home city of Baltimore. France's model for integrating diversity, astutely referred to as "invisible differences," is quite different from the American  "melting pot" model. Both these models however, seem to be failing if these riots are any indication. I suggest that it is because we, as a society, no longer what it means to "respect." Instead, these riots and incidents, illustrate my understanding of the disrespect that is now the norm in our modern society. 

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