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The Sun shouldn't be trafficking in the political views of a racist like Mencken

A contributor to The Baltimore Sun gleefully invokes a famous H.L. Mencken's quote to jab Donald Trump: "As democracy is perfected, the Presidency represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron" ("'The White House will be adorned by a downright moron,'" Nov. 25).

When Mr. Trump failed to immediately renounce David Duke's endorsement for his presidency, he was summarily labeled a racist by the liberal media including The Sun. By this standard, consider another published H.L. Mencken quote from 1910: "The educated negro of today is a failure, not because he meets insuperable difficulties in life, but because he is a negro. He is, in brief, a low-caste man, to the manner born, and he will remain inert and inefficient until fifty generations of him have lived in civilization. And even then, the superior white race will be fifty generations ahead of him."

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I would expect the Sun to produce an immediate retraction and apology for the newspaper's correlation (past as well as present) with the racist Sage of Baltimore.

Dennis Peltz, Perry Hall

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