Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

What happened at Crownsville was a disgrace, but dredging up the past won't solve today's problems

I have been a life-long student of history, but there's something about the sudden recognition that injustices occurred at the now-defunct mental health hospital in Crownsville that is disturbing ("State pledges to examine patient treatment history at Crownsville Hospital," Sept. 18).

As much as I admire and support Gov. Martin O'Malley, the General Assembly's Legislative Black Caucus, the NAACP and the ACLU, I wish they would focus on current problems, such the rates of teenage pregnancy, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, drug addiction and incarceration that plague the African-American community.

Understanding what happened at Crownsville will be simple, and the study group will find that abuses committed in the name of medicine were the logical outcome of racism, slavery and Jim Crowism. The group may even install some lifeless bronze plaque, and possibly even celebrate with a wine and cheese party, after which everyone can go home feeling better about themselves.

But countless young people don't have a future in this country and in this state, and studying what happened at Crownsville will not help them one iota.

Earl Kelly, Annapolis

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • The Red Line never made sense

    The Red Line never made sense

    Letter writer Benjamin Rosenberg was correct in calling the killer of the Red Line the "extraordinarily expensive and redundant downtown tunnel" ("Red Line was fatally flawed," June 29).

  • O's fans mistreated by MTA

    O's fans mistreated by MTA

    The Maryland Transit Administration advertises light rail service for one hour after the end of Orioles games. This did not happen on Sunday, June 28. The game was over at 10 p.m., and there was no southbound train until a complaint was made and a train came at midnight.

  • Reimer had grit

    Reimer had grit

    I first met Susan Reimer when she was a young sports reporter given post-game access to the Baltimore Colts locker room well before it occurred to anyone to give robes to the players for those interviews ("Susan Reimer signs off," June 25).

  • Light rail alternative?

    Light rail alternative?

    Maybe it is time to investigate the use of trolley buses again ("Hogan says no to Red Line, yes to Purple," June 25).

  • Hogan should stay on the job if he can

    Hogan should stay on the job if he can

    I've been reading about Gov. Larry Hogan's recent cancer diagnosis and the treatment he will soon require, but while concerns regarding his ability to govern are not entirely unfounded they hardly merit calls for him to step down ("Hogan should resign," June 25).

  • Fly a (different) Confederate flag

    Fly a (different) Confederate flag

    Regarding your report on the removal of the Confederate flag from the gift shop at Antietam Battlefield National Park, I have a solution:

Comments
Loading

75°