Let's assume for the moment that the city's economic and social problems are indeed artifacts of systemic racism and white supremacy. How would that fact inform the concrete solutions to city problems? It would not, and the tiresome, racially-charged rhetoric can do significant damage. The city is dependent for its survival on the goodwill of people who live elsewhere in Maryland, like Mr. Plank, and language that accomplishes nothing more than offending people whose support is needed is, in a word, stupid. Don't make the job of persuading white people to give up more of their tax money to help the city harder than it already is.