Great article by Eddie Dean (“A Brief History of White People in Southeast,” 10/16).

Although I have lived in Northern Virginia all my life, I frequently ventured into Southeast back in the ’60s, mainly for the rock clubs and the like.

Mr. Dean mentioned how black cops would give us white people the once-over while traveling about the area. Once in the mid-’70s I had an experience while delivering a customer’s car off of Portland Street SE. Two D.C. cops in a patrol car stopped me and my dad and let us know in no uncertain terms that it was not a great idea to be in the area with night approaching.

We thanked them and buzzed out I-295 to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, back to Virginia and a different world.

Dulles, Va.

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