Not just a Hopkins student, but a Baltimore citizen

8 Responses to "Not just a Hopkins student, but a Baltimore citizen"

  1. Maddy Ake   September 21, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Amen to this. You basically hit the nail on the head.

  2. Laney   September 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Wonderful article. Great advise in any locale.

  3. Anon   September 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I put this article up on my wall. Thank you so much for writing this.

  4. J   September 22, 2017 at 12:34 am

    “Beyond that, referring to those involved in the shooting as “animals” quite frankly carries racist implications. There is a way to condemn violence that does not also drudge up centuries old imagery of people of color as aggressive, even savage. Violence is the symptom of a larger, systemic issue, so instead of so quickly judging, ask yourself why this is happening—and then get involved in the solution.”

    Where in his article did James use any such language implicating the race of the assailants? It is very disconcerting that you misinterpreted his use of the word “animals” as an attack at a specific racial subset. It is even more troubling that you decided to implicate the “racial” aspect of the crime, as you assume a certain race behind the gun. How else would you suggest we describe people who gun down innocent civilians on the streets? Sometimes we lose sight of the bigger picture (gun violence in America) when we get bogged down in interpreting linguistical intent.

  5. Carol Ott   September 22, 2017 at 8:35 am

    This is a fantastic response to the lament I hear a lot from students — they know Baltimore has a high crime rate, and a high poverty rate, but don’t get involved because they’re either A) not staying past the 4 years they’re here as students or B) don’t know how to get involved.

    I urge each of you to not only follow the author’s sage advice, but to find a cause that appeals to you and get involved — granted, I know students don’t have tons of free time, but your outsider perspective is valuable to those of us who are immersed in the muck every day.

  6. Annette   September 22, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Ms. Igo is certainly entitled to her opinion, but there are facts left unwritten.
    1. “Being aware is easy and mindless.” The literature on mindfulness and situational awareness says otherwise. It takes focus, determination, and practice to become mindful.
    2. Those involved in the shooting referred to as animals carries racist implications. Only if you choose to see it that way. Why can’t we say that anyone of any color that chooses to kill another person for any other reason than defending (self, loved ones, property or another person) is an animal? I see nothing racists about that concept.
    3.Ms. Igo describes the relationship between Hopkins and the City as exploitative. I would suggest that her perspective is narrow. First off, let’s not forget that in 1876 Mr. Johns Hopkins bequeathed 7 million dollars for a hospital and university in Baltimore City. His express wishes were for the hospital to care for the indigent, sick and under-privileged people of all races while making limited arrangements for those who are able to pay for their care. More recently, in 2015, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University created an initiative called HopkinsLocal to strengthen the local community. 55.5 million dollars in construction spending was directed to women and minority owned businesses or to disadvantaged businesses. There were also 304 workers hired through this initiative. Additionally, as part of an overall strategic plan to hire talented people who may need a second change, Hopkins hired 174 people with criminal backgrounds.

    This article reads as if Ms Igo should take some of her own advice. Actively listen, engage with others who share and don’t share your opinion so that your perspective shifts toward something more open.

  7. C   September 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

    In my time at Hopkins (class of 2017) I also witnessed a shotting just two blocks from campus, in front of Union Memorial. I was walking at night and I saw two young men. They both perfectly fit the description of practically all the assailants we get emailed about from campus police: African American male, age 15 to 26, height between 5’8 and 6’3, wearing jeans and dark hoodies with the hood up. Basically every African American male living in Baltimore. I knew I was racially profiling and I felt like such a hipocrit since I do not consider myself a racist person. However, as I’m having this internal conflict, these two boys cross the street 20yards ahead of me, start sprinting at a car, force the man sitting in the car to get out, shot him twice at point blank range and then speed away in his car. Thankfully, the man was shot with a BB gun, instead of an actual gun, so he was mostly fine.

    From that night on, I still know that racially profiling is wrong, but for my own safety I do allow myself to form opinions about others. More importantly I never again walked home at night, not even if I was with a group of people. One gun completely obliterated the false sense of safety a group provides. So, to all current Hopkins students, when you are trying to get home at night, use the Blue Jay Shuttle. It’s a service the university provides for free. Take advantage of it. Stay safe.

  8. James O'Donnell   September 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Dear Samantha and anyone else concerned,
    I appreciate your reaction to my article. We obviously have differing opinions on a number of the subjects which I touched on, and I would like to take this chance to address a portion of my piece which you clearly misunderstood. My use of the word “animals” carries no racist implications, unless you wrongly inferred them. I have no idea what race or ethnicity the shooters were – after all, they were in a car with tinted windows, and I was more focused on watching the innocent people at the intersection whom they were shooting at. Let me also state that there were children at that intersection. The shooters could have been green for all I care, I simply believe that anyone who shoots at innocent people and children is something less than a person. I’ve lived in violent cities, and I hope to take as active a roll as possible in aiding the fight against crime in Baltimore while at Hopkins. I encourage you to reach out to me if you wish to discuss my article further. The News-Letter has my email.


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