Record This

I read the article "Body Cameras" (Mobtown Beat, Nov. 5), and I am disgusted that the camera keeps a rolling 30 seconds of video. This body-cameras tactic is just another tool that white supremacist dictators are using to "watch black folks" in an assumed criminal act.

In my opinion, white cops are deceiving Black people by using cameras to make Black people believe that white cops or Black cops want to serve, honestly serve, Black people non-violently in assumed acts of crime based on police officers who perceive all resistance from Black folks as a threat against white, middle-class, working Americans, and the state of democracy. The silent war cry of white cops in my personal opinion is still, “Get those darkie criminals before they get us white folks.”
In the book “How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America” by Manning Marable, who is no longer living, he wrote: “America is not simply a capitalist state, but a racist state, a government apparatus which usually denies access and power to most Blacks solely on the basis of racial background.”

From his writings, Dr. Manning Marable taught me that American capitalism is preserved by two essential and integral factors: fraud and force.

As I see it, politics is not going to solve racism in America. Churches (Black) are not going to solve racial equality in America. White economic colonialism will not protect Black poor communities and education institutes of Black folks.

I am so proud of the Black folks in Ferguson, Missouri, because they are agitators: direct, in-your-face actions to bring about change, racial change, in America.

Larnell Custis Butler
Good Grauer

Kudos to City Paper for Jim Burger's excellent article, "The View from Above: Neil Grauer has worked as a writer and cartoonist for decades . . . and created Hopkins' Blue Jay" (City Folk, Nov. 5), updating readers on Neil's latest artistic endeavors.

The story also referred briefly to Grauer's decade as a News American reporter, a greatly underappreciated part of his legacy with which I am very familiar.

My 1974 criminal trial consisted of five days of pre-trial motions hearings, three and one-half weeks of trial, and two days for post-trial arguments and sentencing, for five weeks of court reporting.

Neil Grauer was the News American reporter assigned to my case, and it was a joy to read his stories, which were crisp and accurate. Given that the News American had a reputation for yellow journalism in the 1970s, with Michael Olesker as a “reporter” (prior to the discovery of his plagiarism), it seemed incongruent to have such fine reporting done about my criminal case.
In comparison and contrast, my problem was with coverage by The Sun, whose prime crime reporter seemed to be sending in his stories from Mars. When one read the Sun story of my case and contrasted it with the News American story of my case for the same day, it appeared as though the reports came from different planets, and the reporters had been in different courtrooms.
The irony is that one would have expected the reverse, especially given that I was raised on Meadow Lane in Chevy Chase and for five years I was the Washington Post and Evening Star newspaper boy for one of the Abell family members that founded The Sun. There was no way I expected the yellow journalism in my criminal case to emanate from The Sun, and the “Light for All” to emanate from the News American, but that was the truth and reality in 1974, and for that I will always be grateful to Neil Grauer for his failure to bend to public opinion, and his honest reporting without regard to publishing pressure.
Douglas Scott Arey
You Say Tomato . . . 

I enjoyed your Baltimore Power Rankings column (Nov. 12), but was surprised that, in the blurb on Larry Hogan, the rain tax was called out as not being a tax. Of course it is not on rain, but impervious surface. I'm not sure what you think it is, a fee? I suppose it could be for homeowners in the city, since it seems to be flat, but elsewhere it is based on lot size or, for commercial property, impervious area. Never mind that your own paper called it a tax ("Stormy Monday," Mobtown Beat, June 4).

I guess if this is a fee, so were all the revenue increases passed by the Ehrlich administration that were dubbed “taxes” by your sister (parent?) publication, the Baltimore Sun.

In the end it hardly matters what you call it. It is less money in my pocket and more money in the government's.

David Heckman 
Bel Air
Thank you for writing about this painting. I have a copy of it on my bedroom wall; it’s the first thing I see every morning upon waking and serves as a metaphor for my state of mind, before the hours become filled with activity and chaos. It is clean, orderly, and peaceful, the subdued grey-greens and blues easing me into the daylight. Yes it is idealized, organized by an architect or city-planner before it gets filled up by people. By life. 
—“Laura Lee,” Nov. 21
UGHHH NOOOO! JUSTIN! I love Justin Berk and follow him religiously but I was really disturbed to read somewhere recently about the whole climate change denial thing. How embarrassing coming from such an esteemed meteorologist. But is he really a “denier” or does he just think that global climate change is a natural part of our planet’s evolution and not inherently manmade? That is the impression I got while trying to find sources that he was a denier. Does that distinction matter? Probably not. It’s pretty ridiculous that someone as acclaimed (and accurate!) as he is would come out publicly with such a politically charged opinion. He probably should have kept that to himself. 

Justin, you're an amazing meteorologist. I, on behalf of all BCPSS teachers who rely intensely on your super accurate snow day prediction forecasts, thank you for that! But yeah, this speech is super bizarre.

—“alpharatsnest,” Nov. 22

An Oxford comma would have come in handy in the intro to that article.

–“L Drew Pumphrey,” Nov. 17

Who gives a @!#% about an Oxford comma?

–“Jarrod Grimm,” Nov. 18