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Don't blame Target for a business decision

Target will close its store in Mondawmin Mall in February. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun video)

Maggie Master's recent commentary was a study in victimhood (“The tale of two Targets, a Baltimore segregation story,” Nov. 20). Her blaming of Target for closing a store in West Baltimore rather than understanding that it's the marketplace which drives the decision for businesses to open and close stores shows that she doesn't understand the basics of economics and would rather ascribe nefarious motives and find blame where there is none.

Then she goes on to make a series of ridiculous and incendiary comments about the YMCA, as if they are really the problem because their buildings don't all look exactly alike and the communities in which they operate are different demographically. Great idea. Let's find clever ways to feel victimized by an organization that does a tremendous amount of good and is part of the solution.

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Ms. Master is really part of the problem, trading in identity politics and using claims of racism and white supremacy as a weapon to defame those who are actually trying to do good in the community. Maybe Ms. Master should blame those in the city who are vandalizing, murdering and terrorizing city residents who are trying to raise families, work hard and do something for their community.

Michael Shortt, Savannah, Ga.

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