"The City That Bleeds:" Lawrence Jackson's Riff On Baltimore's Freddie Gray Catharsis | WYPR

"The City That Bleeds:" Lawrence Jackson's Riff On Baltimore's Freddie Gray Catharsis

Aug 15, 2016

Lawrence Jackson, professor of African American Studies and English at Emory, joins The Johns Hopkins U. faculty this fall.
Credit photo courtesy Emory University

The first anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray, and the protests and violent uprising that ensued, has come and gone. The trials of the six police officers indicted in connection with the young black man's death, from injuries he sustained in a police van, have ended without a single conviction.  In the July issue of Harper's Magazine, author Lawrence Jackson, who's been a professor of African-American Studies and English at Emory, reflected on his hometown, Baltimore, and the decades of city policies and practices that preceded -- and seeded -- the uprising of April 2015.  The title of his article invokes a phrase that's familiar to anyone who's lived in Charm City for a while -- The City That Bleeds.  Lawrence Jackson joins Tom in the studio to discuss the dynamics of the article's subtitle: "Freddie Gray and the makings of an American uprising."