You were surprised, but not surprised. Hopeful that it might be different, but only barely. You know that these days, the idea of justice can be a slippery issue that’s sometimes based on all the wrong things, and in the new book, “Nobody” by Marc Lamont Hill, you’ll see how we’ve come to this.
On the afternoon of May 1, 2015, when Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, said she was bringing charges “on six… police officers involved in the arrest and detention of Freddie Gray,” her anouncement was met with “cheers.” Gray’s case then was the latest in a long line, nation-wide, but it wouldn’t be the last of its kind.
Gray, says Hill, was Nobody.
“To be Nobody is to be vulnerable,” he says in his preface. It’s being “poor, Black, Brown, immigrant, queer, or trans” and living in an atmosphere that’s “more rather than less unsafe.” Nobody is “considered disposable.”