Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
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 © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Revisit 'old-school' police programs
    Revisit 'old-school' police programs

    The recent influx of citizen unrest due to a rash of officer-related homicides has left the American citizenry skeptical of the greater good police departments bring to communities nationwide, especially that of traditionally violent neighborhoods that tend to have a majority of minority...

  • Torture can never be justified
    Torture can never be justified

    The Senate report's summary of the "enhanced interrogation" techniques the CIA used on terrorist detainees after 9/11 reads like something from a horror novel ("CIA strikes back after Senate torture report," Dec....

  • Obama is right on Cuba
    Obama is right on Cuba

    Bravo to President Barack Obama for undertaking the normalization of relations with Cuba ("Cuba releases Alan Gross; White House announces plans to re-establish diplomatic relations with Havana," Dec. 17).

  • Cuba and North Korea
    Cuba and North Korea

    President Barack Obama has done what's been needed for decades — changing our policies toward Cuba ("Cuba policy draws critics, new battles on Capitol Hill," Dec. 17). Now, what about North Korea? Burying your head in sand over "undemocratic regimes" is dangerous. It's time for us to...

  • Why a sweet tooth can make you sick
    Why a sweet tooth can make you sick

    Thanks for running Barbara Sadick's article "Scientific team sounds the alarm on sugar as a source of disease" (Dec. 5).

  • Rodricks wrong on bay pollution
    Rodricks wrong on bay pollution

    It is time for those writing for The Sun's editorial pages to check their facts. Columnist Dan Rodricks writes that poultry farmers are allowing their chicken manure to run into the Chesapeake Bay ("Larry Hogan has a chance to be a green governor," Dec. 13.

Comments
Loading