Steady Silence

He shouted the most awful things across the tracks. I calmly looked around and there was no one to be found. I thought to take my phone and call the police, but that would have been foolish. I have taken the Baltimore public transport system for some time, but this time parked my car by the station. For the first time in my life, I felt true danger. If I were to respond or react he would have come after me.

I had forgotten the pepper spray in the car. Truthfully I am not even sure I know how to use it. My friend mentioned self-defence classes given on campus. I meant to put it on the agenda, but hadn’t. The slowest 20-minutes passed in my own silence over painful remarks from a stranger…I kept my calm and read a journal written by a former professor. It was about the unfair treatment of interns and their lack of legal power in relation to labor laws.

I know that in that moment I was nothing more then a victim who should not speak up. Hold my tongue for my safety. When the train finally arrived I walked calmly to the seat that was facing him and I took a picture. He shook his fist and gave me the finger. I called the emergency line and was transferred 3-4 times. No one took it seriously it seems and perhaps for Baltimore this is a normal day, but something tells me this is a life changing moment. Not sure why, but it was supposed to happen.

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Amazing books given to me by a former professor who is retiring. I have been granted a working space at the Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Business School. So I can stack these babies above my desk for leisure reads.

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Such a beautiful building on Preston street, had a quick meeting with our Dean about my recently granted fellowship in Community Development.

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These floors are amazing. Glad they kept what appears to be some of the original details.

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So much anger, welcome home.

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