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African-Americans are the ones who need to do some soul-searching

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I agreed with almost everything that Thomas F. Schaller said in his recent column on race relations ("A welcome call for soul-searching about race," July 24). I think he was correct in writing that President Barack Obama "cannot be easily dismissed with the usual racial tropes. That is, so long as he keeps his mouth shut about race matters, which for most of his presidency he has."

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, in their positions, have sworn to defend the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of this country, including our system of jurisprudence. Both have inserted themselves publicly into this "conversation" by reacting personally to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case and have exacerbated racial antagonisms.

There's no debate regarding the facts about crime and the African-American population. The only "conversation that needs to happen" is between African-Americans in their own communities.

Jim Rogers, Baltimore

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