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Don't exaggerate city's race problems

On March 15, the front page of The Baltimore Sun screamed about a "racial divide" ("Baltimore leaders agree: City has a race problem". There is "1950's level racism in Baltimore," the city's African-American police commissioner had earlier observed. And Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore's female African-American mayor, noted that "If I go out with a mixed crowd, people are automatically suspicious."

Meanwhile, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young is an African-American and Baltimore City Community College has 89 percent minority enrollment. A predominantly African-American city, according to Quick Facts, blacks owned 34 percent of Baltimore businesses in 2007. And anyone who has gone to local government office buildings or the local Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration office or the city court houses or a city hospital has seen that so many of the public faces of these institutions are African-American.

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I am a member of a racially-mixed family, and my friends span every hue and color, and I have gone to a lot of both black and white establishments in both black and white communities and have not often felt as if anyone viewed me or us as suspicious.

Is there still work to be done? Sure. That applies across the entire racial and ethnic demographic of this city. I don't know what Commissioner Anthony Batts thinks the 1950's were like but to suggest that 2015 is in any way significantly similar is inaccurate, misleading and minimizes all the advances and successes of the past 50 years, including the appointment of Mr. Batts as police commissioner.

Tweefie Millspaugh, Baltimore

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