You don’t need the National Guard, in Baltimore, to quell the riots. You don’t need tear gas, cops, rubber bullets, or curfews.
Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697
All you need is Michael Jackson. Yep, that’s right! Michael Jackson. Or at least a Michael Jackson impersonator and a boom box.
Dimitri Reeves decided to add his own special touch of expression to the Baltimore chaos by dancing his way into the spotlight during the riots. UNILADtv posted this great video of Dimitri, and his talent, along with the influence it seems to have had in redirecting the atmosphere from violence to street party.
He managed to draw a crowd even though the helicopters were buzzing, overhead and sirens were screeching in the background.
It’s definitely a more alternative way of demonstrating. And Dimitri himself took to Twitter to enforce that: “Spread love and peace never violence.”
Here’s some of Dimitri’s Facebook feed:
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