The wrath of young black men rained down on the Baltimore police yesterday. Stunning in its bold, reckless disregard for authority.
Comfortable in our homes and offices we watched and wondered how this could happen. There had been days of peaceful protests in this proud old place. A response to yet another story of a citizen whose life came to an untimely end at the hands of police.
Were the riots a response to this and other examples of police departments becoming a law unto themselves?
Not entirely. Those incidents are the matches that light the fires.
The burning. The looting. The rage. It's about young men who have little to gain and nothing to lose. Men who feel they have been dealt out of the American promise. There is a failure here. Of schools, of policies, of politics. Of promises unkept.
There is a lesson to be learned through the screams and the sirens. The problem isn't theirs. It's ours.