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8 Powerful Quotes From Young Baltimore Protestors That Show How Divided The City Is

'We're just supposed to sit back and take that?' one protester said on Monday.

As the 24-hour news channels streamed footage from the street protests and riots in Baltimore on Monday, it was hard not to notice one thing in particular: Many of those faces were teenagers and young people -- some probably just out of school at 4 p.m. -- reacting to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.

While frustration continues to grow over the lack of information into the investigation over how Gray suffered a deadly spinal cord injury after police took him in, young people seem determined to make themselves heard.

  1. "There is only so far that you can push people into a corner... We’re frustrated and that’s why we’re out there in the streets."
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    A member of the Crips gang, Charles, explaining why various gang factions had joined together in the street actions to block protesters from looting black-owned businesses.

  2. "It’s from years and years of taking sh-- ... Now we’re at a point where people just don’t give a f--k."
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    Longtime resident Martin describing the hopelessness felt by young protesters to Buzzfeed.

  3. "Ain’t nobody scared of y’all... This is karma!"
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    A teenage boy shouting at police on Monday.

  4. "They are killing us. They are actually killing us, and then they make this seem like we're out of control. But they're killing our neighbors and brothers. We're just supposed to sit back and take that?"

    Antwion Robinson, 26, explaining to the Baltimore Sun what set off Monday's violence.

  5. "This is a skewed portrayal of the protests; it is what the media chose to portray -- the media that consumers bewilderingly seem to want. The real revolution is thousands of people across America standing in solidarity against police brutality. The real revolution is youth activists using their voices and their fearlessness to fight for the future of their generation. The real revolution is people of different races walking through the streets of inner city Baltimore, arms locked, chanting 'All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray.'"
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    Baltimore City College student Leah Eliza Balter writing in the Baltimore Sun about her disappointment over the violent protests in her city after she participated in a nonviolent City Bloc-led peaceful march on Saturday.

  6. "I felt disappointed because a lot of that could have been avoided if people would have started thinking before they would have done all that stuff."
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    15-year-old Sulaiman Abdul-Aziz, who came to help clean up on Tuesday morning after Monday night's riots.

  7. “These protests reflect the amount of rage bubbling in black communities, and for me, I believe that music is one of the most powerful forms of dialogue that we have."

    Baltimore-bred singer/songwriter Joy Postell, 22, who released the acoustic music video "Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" this week.

  8. "I think the violence is wrong. I don't like it at all."
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    Fredericka Gray, 25, Freddie's twin sister.