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Words matter when you're talking about social justice

Rep. Donna Edwards and her campaign are absolutely correct in pointing out the dichotomy in the media's description of protesters ("Edwards claims media bias in Oregon standoff vs. riots," Jan. 4).

Language does matter. We live in a global environment in which perceptions, opinions and attitudes are communicated through the spoken word. And it's we still have a lot more work to do to change the way people in our society view one another.

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Nathaniel McFadden, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents Baltimore City in the Maryland Senate.

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