I have a confession to make.
And no, this isn’t going to lead up to a joke…. this is a serious, genuine feeling that I had a little while back.
So, if anyone kept up with the news within the past few weeks, you probably heard about the unrest that was happening in Baltimore with the Freddie Gray case and the resulting riots. I’m not going to go into specifics, because I’m not writing a New York Times article, but when all of this happened, I practically froze up.
I consider Baltimore to be a second home of mine. The community that I have been around is filled with accepting and wonderful people. So, before I found out more details about everything that happened leading up to these riots, I was in disbelief. I had read about unrest and rioting in several other cities, and felt genuine sorrow for them, but the pain doesn’t hit as hard as when it happens so close to home. I realized this, and it opened my eyes up.
There are still people around the Baltimore area that are scared to leave their homes due to the uncertainty that they feel, but I’m here to tell you this: it will be ok.
Baltimore is a strong city. It will not fall because of this. I have already seen signs of things improving for the better. The recent protests have been advocating for the violence to stop; there are communities uniting to protect their police officers. To all of these officers along with the national guard, fire departments, and any law enforcement helping protect the city: thank you. Your hard work is paying off, I can see it.
Today, I invite everyone near or in the Baltimore area to come to The Gathering Food Truck Festival at Power Plant Live today. I will be performing a solo set at 5pm with the band Under the Covers to follow me right afterwards. Let’s use this time to rebuild, regroup, and change things for the better. We need a break from the tension, so let’s celebrate with some great food vendors! It’s free admission and the music will last from 5 to 10pm.
Get it? Got it?