The rioting in Baltimore was serious enough to throw the city into a state of emergency last night. But amidst all of the violence and destruction, one man tried to bring peace through the power of music and dance.
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) April 28, 2015
This footage taken by NBC reporter Shomari Stone shows a brave (and talented!) individual named Dimitri Reeves breaking it down to Michael Jackson’s Thriller classic, “Beat It,” while sirens flash all around him. It’s a fitting choice of song, considering the video features the King Of Pop attempting to break up a fight through lyrical logic and killer dance moves.
“You’re playin’ with your life/ This ain’t no truth or dare/ They’ll kick you, then they beat you, then they’ll tell you it’s fair/ So beat it,” say the words of the song. It’s a powerful statement in the wake of 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody. After dancing throughout the riot zone during the day and into the night, Reeves took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
Spread love and peace never violence…..
— Dimitri Reeves (@Dimitri_Reeves) April 28, 2015
It’s a beautiful message of positivity among the chaos and tragedy of the situation. In the words of one Twitter supporter, Reeves just became the world’s first political dancer.