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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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