Yes, Maryland has a history of racist policies, from once denying blacks the vote, to banks red lining minority neighborhoods so people of color could not get mortgages, but many other states share this history. We need to move forward and find a better way, rooting out racist policies wherever they exist. The major problem for the left, however, is that they continue to concentrate on failure and poverty, rather than on success and prosperity. When self-sufficiency is encouraged, you get more of it; when it is ignored or discouraged, you get less. Attacks on "the rich" have done nothing to improve the lives of the poor.