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In the Briefs section of the June 6 issue (“Preliminary inquiry set for man suspected of stabbing,” page A8), the suspect was described as “an East Indian who lives in St. John’s.” 

I suppose the citizenship of a suspected criminal may be of legitimate interest to readers.

However, since there is no such country as East India, the description used in the story is really an ethnic or racial one.

The relevance of ethnicity or race is not clear to me when the suspect is not at large and has been identified.

I expect better of The Telegram.

Gerard Hayes

St. John’s

Organizations: East India

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