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The battle for Baltimore

Obama has presided over the worst racial violence in a generation

By Alexis Self   June 2015

A mural of Freddie Gray, whose death in police custody sparked a bout of rioting, is painted on a Baltimore wall. © David Goldman/AP/Press Association Images

When people think of Baltimore, they mostly think of drugs, corruption and violence. The city’s reputation, largely made by the television series The Wire, has been sadly confirmed by the events of this spring.

I arrived in Baltimore…

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