THE Los Angeles riots earlier this year underlined the %J smoldering tensions between blacks and Korean merchants. Suspicion and mistrust on both sides were a warning to communities everywhere that unless black and Korean leaders come together to talk over their problems, the threat of renewed interethnic conflict would continue to hang over troubled inner-city neighborhoods.
That is why a recent gathering of some 400 members of Baltimore's black and Korean communities at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Bolton Hill was so heartening. It showed that Baltimoreans can come together "to sing a new song" of peace and unity, as the Rev. Michael Curry of St. James Episcopal Church noted. It showed also "there's more that brings us together than divides us," as Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke told worshipers during the two-hour ecumenical service.