Religion: Guilty Before God

The murder got routine treatment from Baltimore newspapers: in a fight between white and black boys one afternoon three weeks ago in Carroll Park, a 19-year-old Negro named Linwood Matthews was stabbed to death. After the police arrested an 18-year-old white boy and charged him with murder, Baltimore went on about its business.

But Baltimore churchmen did some hard thinking about the case and last week published a statement signed by 116 Protestant, Jewish and Quaker leaders. "In the tragedy that occurred in Carroll Park . . ." said the statement, "we see evidence of our common failure and sin. We...

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