It takes real character to refuse to join a mob when you are grief-stricken about a loved one’s death, which is what we see in the Freddie Gray family.
I’m not suggesting that it is somehow especially worthy to refuse to endorse mob violence. Everyone should have enough moral sense to condemn lawless rioting.
But I would think that the family of Freddie Gray might have been tempted to keep silent, since the riots are against the police (in some sense; I’m not sure how destroying private businesses has much to do with opposing the police). It seems, at this point, that Freddie Gray’s death might have been the result of police misconduct or negligence. Hopefully more of the facts will become available so that we have a more firm conclusion. But in their anger over the unexpected death of David Gray, one could easily imagine that they would want to abstain from comment about the riots.
But the Hot Air blog shows us that the family has real character.
The family of Freddie Gray found itself in an almost unimaginable position yesterday. They had to bury the young man who had his spine snapped while in police custody, and at the same time found themselves under the media spotlight because of the violence that broke out across Baltimore, supposedly in their name. All of them made an appearance after the funeral to tell their community to pay respects to the dead, rather than run riot for their own purposes. “I am really appalled,” Gray’s stepfather said about “all the violence” that erupted:
The blog then posted video from NBC News in which several family members all condemned the violence. They didn’t think it was a responsible reaction to Gray’s death. They didn’t think it honored him. And they didn’t want any part of it.
Thus, it seems that members of Freddie Gray’s own family are both more reasonable than the rioters—most of whom probably never knew Gray—and than many politicians who seem reluctant to condemn the violence.