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High profile Marylanders are weighing in on the athlete's decision to kneel during the National Anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality.

Perhaps The Sun should reflect on its recent editorial regarding the impact of race on baseball and political discourse ("Adam Jones and the real 'white man's game,'" Sept. 13). The Sun laments that the number of blacks in Congress of about 8 percent is at an all-time high.

Yet in 2006, I don't recall The Sun endorsing Kweisi Mfume in the Democratic Senate primary or Republican nominee Michael Steele in the general election. Strange because both candidates are black. Obviously, The Sun reasoned that 0 percent was a sufficient number of black senators at the time. Also, as I recall during the general election campaign, a black congressman and then Illinois Senator Barack Obama campaigned in Maryland for Ben Cardin for U.S. Senate with the mantra, "Party trumps race." Again, I don't recall The Sun taking issue with them. How soon we forget.

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Are minorities being denied inclusion into the mainstream of baseball? Baltimore's school system should survey all minority children and find out why they don't play baseball. Maybe they just prefer playing basketball and football to baseball. There are white children who prefer soccer and lacrosse to baseball. Doubtful there's a racial issue involved with them.

The media prefers to reason that any issue involving minorities is racism.

The Sun should provide a breakdown of its employees' race by job category including the editorial board so its readers can judge The Sun's racial makeup.

Glenn Cunningham, Nottingham

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