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The dustup between Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the local NAACP, culminating in simultaneous but separate community meetings on Monday evening, came down to this: whether it’s more important for New Orleans to be talking about alleged racial profiling by police officers or how to halt the violence that claims so many of the city’s young black men every year.

My reaction to this dust-up: both conversations are important, related and necessary. It’s not an “either/or.”

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Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.