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Carroll Co. reached into its racist past

The 42nd annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden showcased an eclectic collection of marching bands, dancers, floats, giant balloons, Hons, and all manner of other performers.

As a former resident of Carroll County, I was dismayed at the decision of their school board to not allow their students to participate in the Mayor's Christmas Parade in Baltimore (“Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden brings warm cheer,” Dec. 3). Sadly, I believe that the community has reached into its racist roots to energize this decision.

Dan Rodricks and the editorial board of The Sun clearly pointed out that crime can happen anywhere, including Carroll County (“Should Baltimore ban field trips to Carroll County?” Nov. 28). Would the sheriff involved in this outrageous decision recommend that students not be involved in the Easter Parade in New York City? I doubt it. Whites who have moved out of the city into the nearby counties, myself included, abandoned it, leaving Baltimore to do the best it can do with diminished resources and citizen support.

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Uniting in the city's efforts to celebrate the season would offer a degree of recognition that we do not live in our separate cells but can come together, if briefly, to recognize a season that everyone should be able to enjoy. The decision of Carroll County is a contradiction to that opportunity, and an unfortunate one at that.

Gilbert Bliss, Towson

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