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Race and crime in Baltimore

11:15 AM EDT, April 17, 2013

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It's unfortunate when an everyday accident happens but it's sad when columnist Dan Rodricks and Michael Hanchard use it to play the race card ("Man sees race, indifference in experience with Baltimore police," April 13).

First, if as Michael Hanchard suggested "a middle-aged white couple had been surrounded by black or Latino attackers" no one would have known about it since The Sun wouldn't have printed whether the alleged attackers were black or Latino. They call that being PC.

Secondly, if the couple were white they would have to be very careful where they drive or walk in the city, since they could be attacked simply because they are white. Try walking down Pennsylvania Avenue at 2 a.m. or even 2 p.m. You wouldn't do it.

Finally, this is just a guess, but I think Mr. Hanchard and his wife should be thankful that the 10 bicyclists that allegedly surrounded their car were white. Jesse Jackson once said there was is nothing more painful to him at this stage in his life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery — and then to look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.

Paul Johnson, Towson

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