Where was black leaders' outrage before?

Where were the Rev. Cortly "C.D." Witherspoon and Marvin "Doc" Cheatham when a rabbi was assaulted by a group of black youth or when a 14 year old Jewish boy had his arm broken by a black youth? Where was the outrage? Where was the call for a meeting between blacks and Jews ("Jewish, black leaders hold closed meeting on the community," Dec. 9)? Where were their comments published in the paper and news media?

Why the double standard? What does a situation in Baltimore have to do with Crown Heights New York?

Maybe the answer is that race is their business. Shame on them and others that look for situations in which to shout out before the facts are corroborated — and not solely from the police report or from the teen who was not in school or on Northwestern campus and in a neighborhood where he does not live.

Michael Freedman, Baltimore

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