Thursday, April 30, 2015

Freddie Gray’s life a study in the sad effects of lead paint on poor blacks

By Terrence McCoy April 29 at 9:15 PM WashPost

BALTIMORE — The house where Freddie Gray’s life changed forever sits at the end of a long line of abandoned row homes in one of this city’s poorest neighborhoods. The interior of that North Carey Street house, cluttered with couches and potted plants, is lacquered in a fresh coat of paint that makes the living room glow.

But it wasn’t always this way. When Gray lived here between 1992 and 1996, paint chips flaked off the walls and littered the hardwood floor, according to a 2008 lawsuit filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The front windowsills shed white strips of paint. It was worst in the front room, Gray recalled years later in a deposition, where he bedded down most nights with his mother.

“There was a big hole when you go up the steps,” Gray recalled in 2009. “There was a couple of walls that wasn’t painted all the way, peeled. . . . And like the windows, paint was peeling off the windows.”

Before his controversial death earlier this month while in police custody, which has set this city aflame in rioting, the life of Freddie Gray was defined by failures in the classroom, run-ins with the law, and an inability to focus on anything for very long. Many of those problems began when he was a child and living in this house, according to a 2008 lead poisoning lawsuit filed by Gray and his siblings against the property owner, which resulted in an undisclosed settlement.

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Blogger Tom Koch said...

In addition to lead paint, DEM's should examine the results of their well-intentioned programs. Can anyone point to an area controlled by DEM's for a few decades that is a success? I encourage everyone to seek out root causes and stop chasing the symptoms.

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