Lots of pundits are supporting the riots on Twitter.
We wanted to get a sense of what these pundits did in their private lives.
What is their revealed preferences?
Are these voices of black America or the so-called Baltimore uprising living in majority black areas?
In fact, many of them live in white-majority areas, gated communities, or high end apartments. More than a few of them live in wealthy suburbs.
In other words, they’re safe from the black ghetto crime that is gripping America’s inner cities. There’s no riot that’ll break out in their living rooms anytime soon.
My family owns property and businesses in Baltimore. So do many Americans. These riots are affecting real people’s livelihoods.
It’s time that the media pundits cheering them on recognized that they are, in part, to blame for the disruptions.
We don’t want any harm to come to them but we do want them to think seriously before they weigh in.
Here are just a few.
Sally Kohn, founder and chief executive officer of the Movement Vision Lab, and frequent media commentator.
Looting a real shame. But FAR MORE shameful is pattern of police violence against black community! Perspective, people. #BaltimoreRising
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) April 27, 2015
She lives in a $1.4 million home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.
Waltham is only 4.41% black.
Marc Lamont Hill is, according to Twitter, “Morehouse College professor, CNN commentator, host of BET News, and HuffPost Live.”
I pray for peace in Baltimore. But it's foolish and unrealistic to expect peace without justice as a necessary precondition.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) April 28, 2015
Professor Marc Lamont Hill reportedly lives in an exclusive, doorman-complex in Brooklyn. The average price of an apartment there is over a $1M.
Charles Blow, column writer for the New York Times, lives pretty well.
It has been my experience that ppl who feel they have power within the system don't want to break it and vice versa. #Baltimore
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) April 28, 2015
Blow lives in a 2.6M apartment in Brooklyn.
Rioting is not an attempt to do what is unimpeachably morally correct.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) April 28, 2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates lives in a $1.4M apartment in Hamilton Heights despite growing up in Baltimore. (Update: Apparently he lives in Hamilton Heights, not the Upper West Side. Still has a door man though!)
Coates also called nonviolence a ruse in an interview with NPR.
Balko is a writer and reporter for the Washington Post.
The cities where we've recently seen civil unrest/rioting have also been shown to have widespread police abuse. This is not a coincidence.
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) April 28, 2015
This rioting is sad, destructive. But it's also a few days of outbursts against decades of systemized state violence: http://t.co/i2N9sk5Ycn
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) April 27, 2015
Balko reportedly lives in a gated community in Atlanta.
Update: Lexis-Nexis is wrong, according to Balko.
Here’s his address:
"Balko reportedly lives in a gated community in Atlanta." http://t.co/GwnaiRw72s — Nope. Working class area of east Nashville. Close!
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) May 3, 2015
Good for him for living his values.
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