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I want to congratulate Louise Hills on her very honest letter to the Washington City Paper (The Mail, 2/20). She wrote about two very self-destructive mental attitudes in D.C.’s black community. One was crabs-in-the-barrel syndrome; the other was forget-where-you-came-from syndrome. I also applaud her for urging the City Paper and other publications to call the black community to account for these two attitudes.

However, I don’t think that either the City Paper or the white community has the courage to honestly examine black pathological attitudes, much less take the black community to task for them. White citizens, reporters, and politicians are too afraid of the race card to speak honestly about what they see.

For eight years, I wrote a newsletter called Street Stories, which is familiar to many of your readers. I dealt with these very pathologies. The overwhelming reaction of whites and blacks was that I wasn’t supposed to know about these pathologies—and after all, who was I, a white man, to blame the victims of racism for anything?

I’ll be pleased if any whites or blacks write to the City Paper and prove me wrong.

Capitol Hill