On Inner Cities and White Enclaves: 'Values and Virtues Have No Color or Class'

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To the Editor:

With reference to Paul Marx's Commentary, "Education, Not Political Correctness, Is the Answer," several things occurred to me, mainly in the form of questions.

I live and work in Baltimore, in education and in the actual "inner city." I don't recognize the Bolton Hill "white enclave" that Marx describes, but I wondered why Marx seems to equate good "values" with whiteness?

What, exactly, are those "inner city" values, to which he gives such negative connotation? Does he mean the ones that I connect with each day, such as dreams and hopes for academic progress for children and active work to end violence? Or does he mean drugs and the lure of a culture (white and black) that makes profit from gun sales and drug sales? Or football raised to religious status and other characteristics that help frustrate parents' ambitions?

Does Marx have some ideas that will help us end the grinding poverty, health issues, and joblessness that afflict inner cities?

Is his solution to let our poor and black children "mingle" with the well-to-do and the white? That's it?

Values and virtues have no color or class: Marx's views just make me sad.

Jon McGill
Baltimore, Md.

Vol. 35, Issue 07, Page 20

Published in Print: October 7, 2015, as On Inner Cities and White Enclaves: 'Values and Virtues Have No Color or Class'
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