A 1950s image


To the Editor:

Some Americans suggest that we have achieved a colorblind society. While that is not true, it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. The December 9, page 23 picture of Randall Jette rekindled memories of a common event from the 1940s and 1950s, in my Ohio hometown newspaper.

The Warren Tribune could never adjust its ink printing tone to show the true features of a person of color. They could only project a totally black image. I thought I had buried the negative feelings that practice produced for me.

However, I was surprised to find the same reaction when I observed the Jette picture. Seeing this type of image in a 2010 newspaper is shocking. What happened to the editorial review? I believe that young Jette deserves the reprint of a picture that will show Vineyard readers his true features. Further, I hope that this letter will create a greater sensitivity for all to the value of true picture images.

Curt Gear

Oak Bluffs