Women from Freddie Gray's neighborhood speak out: 'There are thousands of Freddie Grays'

Thousands of Freddie Grays
Thousands of Freddie Grays

Recent troubles surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland have brought many large issues to light for America. His neck was broken while in police custody after an arrest in April, causing mass riots and protests in the city of Baltimore.

And his name is just one to add to a very long list.

"There are so many people, black men, that have been killed for no reason," says a woman from Sandtown-Winchester, the same neighborhood where Gray was raised. "There are thousands of Freddie Grays."

Women in the New York Times video above recount how the neighborhood has changed over the years, citing that just because of where they live, cops treat them differently.

The slew of abandoned buildings throughout the neighborhood are used for drugs, prostitution, and other unseemly habits. Poverty and unemployment rates are double Baltimore's average, and sits only 50 miles away from Washington, D.C.

"We have to go out of our neighborhood for football. It's like -- we need more things within these blocks," says Tiffany Fair, a Sandtown-Winchester resident. "We need things here."

The community unrest has existed in the neighborhood and surrounding ones for a while now, and came to a breaking point with the death of Freddie Gray. One woman can be seen in the streets holding a sign that reads, 'I am Black, I am intelligent, and I am hated in this country.'

While many are calling for justice, it's not clear how or when it will come.

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