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I would like to commend Michael Schaffer for writing such an exceptional article (“Lost Riot,” 4/3). I thought it was wonderfully written. It was really insightful and down-to-earth.
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As a 25-year-old African-American female born and reared in the District of Columbia, I was deeply touched by that article. It really hit home for me. I attended D.C. public schools, and I currently attend Howard University, yet I was not taught about that very disturbing chapter of D.C. history. Why hasn’t anyone exposed this before now? It’s been almost 80 years since it happened! That neglect saddens me, but it doesn’t surprise me. When it comes to promoting violent and misleading images about African-Americans, the media have often been (and continue to be) the culprit. They jump to show these malicious untruths. It’s a relief that your paper has exposed this practice. Perhaps this will help bring an end to this evil.
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