Helen Aguirre Ferré’s May 10 column, Baltimore must create a future that works, assumes the Freddie Gray case “isn’t rampant racism” because three of the indicted police officers are black. It’s not that simple. James Baldwin, in The Devil Finds Work, points out that blacks “know how much the black cop has to prove, and how limited are his means of proving it. Where I grew up, black cops were yet more terrifying than white ones.”
Police attacks on poor African Americans suggest a collective culture of racism, not merely individual actions.
Nancy Wolcott, Miami Beach
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