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Prince Estate Releases "Baltimore" Video & Handwritten Note Against Intolerance To Honor Freddie Gray & George Floyd
The Prince estate released a powerful lyric video for the late GRAMMY winners' 2015 song, "Baltimore," on Sunday. The video arrives on what would have been Prince's birthday and amidst nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of the George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25.
Prince recorded "Baltimore" on April 30, 2015, at Paisley Park Studios after Baltimore's Freddie Gray died at age 25 of a severe spinal chord injury while in police custody earlier that month. “With everything going on there this week, I had a lot I needed to get out,” Prince said at the time.
"Baltimore" addresses Gray by name, along with Michael Brown, who was fatally shot at age 28 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9, 2014, with the lyrics,“Does anybody hear us pray?/For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray/ Peace is more than the absence of war.”
“The system is broken. It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life...” -Prince
The estate also posted a handwritten note by Prince where he speaks out against intolerance. It reads, “Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than intolerance [between] black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. Intolerance.”
The Justice Department made the announcement in 2017 that the six arresting police officers would face no federal charges in Gray's death. The four Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death have all been charged.