To the editors:
I do hope that the Reader will be more thoughtful and introspective in the future selection of published photographs lest you cast aspersions upon a significant segment of our population. I refer, of course, to “1000 Words” by John Booz in your April 1, 1988 issue (I wonder if this date was meaningful) showing a shabbily dressed black man standing amidst the ruins of what was presumably a productive functioning building at 1600 S. Damen as though he (read we) was responsible for the rubble. He even appeared to be wearing a Hunnish headpiece.
I am sure that you will agree that, this inadvertent pictorial auto-suggestive thought control could easily be misconstrued as conjuring up images of Black people as being destroyers of civilization especially at a time when a black man has his “eyes on the prize” with a fair chance of success.
Mind you, I am not accusing the Reader of subtle racism and I have been an avid follower of your “rag” for many a year with the firm opinion that you are at least comparable to the Village Voice in “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.”
Right on–but with care, remembering that we are all a culture bearing people.