On Baltimore, Ferguson, Los Angeles 1992

by John A. Imani Lay the cause of the Baltimore outbreak at the feet of where it belongs.  Where?  The death of Freddie Gray?  The viciousness of the police?  The protesters?  Black people, period?  Welfare?  No.  Though some of these contributed as matchstick while others served as long-harvested fuel in stoking the flames, it is the efficiency of the capitalist system that is the ultimate arsonist. In 1947 agriculture and manufacturing employed a third of the workforce. But by 2009 those sectors employed only one in eight.  [...]