I see the controversial subjects that David Simon discusses in his Letter to HBO in the three episodes of The Wire that we watched for tomorrow. There are strong racial, class, and educational biases at work. Particularly, these biases were apparent when the law enforcement worker cracked the pager code. He went through a complex explanation for how to decode the numbers, yet then added that even the dumb drug dealers could use it because it did not involve math. The detectives are in denial that they are being outsmarted by the drug dealers. The team does not even have a picture of Avon Barksdale after weeks of investigation, yet they still seem to think that he is drastically inferior to them. It seems like a lot of these assumptions come from racial and class biases. If this were a war between two industrialized countries, the strategists would be treating the enemy in a strategic, logical way. Yet because the drug dealers are seen as so inferior, the detectives constantly assume they are stupid and incompetent. But if they were, they would not be winning the war as they are in the show. Showing intelligent criminals is quite ground-breaking. Even in Homicide, the detectives were clearly the intellectual ones. The Wire disrupts our view of crime shows and explores the criminals in a way that had never been done before.