Lesson of 1964 [Letter]

July 01, 2014

Your front-page article detailing Baltimore's intimate connection to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made for interesting reading ("Equality's struggles," June 28).

Just look at Baltimore 50 years later. When you get past the Inner Harbor what do you see? Decay, poverty, high murder rates, drugs, failing schools, one-parent families — and the list goes on.

What did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 give us, and what did we learn from it? The lesson is that the emphasis on civil rights, without a corresponding emphasis on civil responsibility, gets you the wrong result.

Let's have less emphasis on "rights" and start talking much about more about responsibilities, obligations and accountability.

Someone has to start that conversation. Who will go first?

Ken Hines, Lutherville

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