I was mostly OK with the commentary by Lawrence Brown until the Open Society Institute fellow blamed all problems of the African-American community on "the full apparatus of American apartheid" ("Trayvon and Brandon," July 23). I assume he was alluding to the leaders in the Race Industry — the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who have zero desire to have blacks integrate with the rest of the United States and do so for their own monetary aggrandizement.

The writer would be much better served by reading Ben Carson's books and implementing some of his logical ideas.

By the way, I did recruit at Morgan State University for many years and have mentored many young blacks in the business I was in, and I believe in diversity in the workplace. But folks like Mr. Brown, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton make it real hard to do.

Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville