Liz Bowie reports that three Eastern Technical High Schools students were suspended over racist drawings depicting nooses, the KKK, and racist vulgarities among other things ("Students make racist drawing during class in Balto. Co.," June 14). The drawings were made on a blackboard during class then diffused widely on Twitter.
Compounding the senseless acts is the fact that Eastern Tech is a magnet school, one of the best high schools in the region and a National Blue Ribbon school.
Is it just a coincidence that this article appears just as The Sun was completing its 10 days of front page coverage of a black college student's cannibalism after he murdered a friend? For more than a week, each article about the case has included a photograph of the alleged murderer scowling, one time in some kind of witch doctor's garb, and always looking like an inner city thug.
Though the act was horrific, it was a single event, and the alleged culprit was arrested quickly. Meanwhile, The Sun's series pandered to the lowest, most base fears. Is there not a single social psychologist on your staff who could explain the role of symbolism, images, perceptions, and framing of events to prevent The Sun's (unintentional, it is hoped, but clearly pernicious) coverage of such news?
Shame on you for reinforcing the most base racial stereotyping possible. Who knows how those articles affected the minds of the pathetic Eastern Tech students?
H. L. Goldstein, TowsonCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun