A letter containing white powder was sent to the show’s set days before Smollett was the victim of an alleged hate crime.

I read the commentary this morning The Baltimore Sun by E.R. Shipp entitled (“Few safe spaces to discuss race and identity,” Feb. 19).

Ms. Shipp offers blind statements in discussing the Jussie Smollett matter that include: “Think of all those white folks who have claimed that black men of their imaginations killed their spouses and their children or committed sexual assault. White people will likely believe white people who say a black man violated a white woman. Black people will likely believe black people who say, as Mr. Smollett did, that a noose was involved in an assault.”

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Those statements are truly appalling coming from a “journalist in residence at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication.” Her commentary offers nothing more than a continuance of an “avalanche” of misinformation to today’s society.

I find it so often in today’s liberal unchecked media that “the truth always seems to get in the way of a good story.”

Your words only stoke the fires of racism further.

I hope and pray that you will heed your own words “and confront ‘it” and “that requires homework and soul work. We have to be honest, which leaves us exposed.”

A journalist, as Ms. Shipp claims that she is, should always seek the truth and should never allow for their “diatribe” to cloud her vision when in search of that truth.

James Arnold, Clarksville

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