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So, if Mark Francis Cohen’s article (“Black Power,” 1/19) is accurate, Malik Zulu Shabazz leads an organization chiefly preoccupied with demonizing whites and shaking down legitimate, law-abiding, Korean businesses. Shabazz’s tactics mimic, in large part, the tactics of Hitler’s Brownshirts in Berlin, Munich, and other German cities before World War II. The citizens of the District and the entire region, no matter their race, religion, or national origin, have a moral responsibility to rise up and declare that such opportunistic hatred has no place in our society. All that it takes for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good people to do nothing.

Arlington, Va.