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Inadvertent Pictorial Auto-suggestive Thought Control


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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.

John Mayhew

W. North

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