Fallout From Freddie Gray’s Death And Underlying Causes of Urban Poverty And Racial Strife In Baltimore And Across the Country

by Indira Lakshmanan

Source: The Diane Rehm Show

Six Baltimore police officers have been criminally charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. As the case moves forward, a national discussion has emerged about the plight of inner city residents in Baltimore and cities like it nationwide. Some say discriminatory housing policies, the decline of manufacturing and the rise of mass incarceration are to blame. Others argue the problem lies with a culture of dependency that holds African Americans back from upward mobility. We look at the causes and consequences of urban poverty and racial strife, in Baltimore and beyond.


  • Emily Badger covers urban policy for The Washington Post's Wonkblog.
  • Sheryll Cashin professor of law at Georgetown University; former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and adviser to the Clinton administration; author of "Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America."
  • Allen West president and CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis; former Republican Congressman from Florida; retired Army colonel.
  • Kevin Rector reporter, The Baltimore Sun.
  • Isabel Wilkerson Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "The Warmth of Other Suns."


Listen to the full interview at: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-05-04/underlying-causes-of-urban-poverty-and-racial-strife-in-baltimore-and-across-the-country