The positive portrayal of African Americans by the media is something that is very important to Prince George's residents. African Americans know well that "a picture paints a thousand words" because of the negative effect these images have had on every aspect of our lives.
I recently read a Washington Post article ("Johnson Focus of Inquiry by State Prosecutor; Prince George's Executive Allegedly Tied Hospital Funds to Hiring of Associate," Metro section, B1, April 30) on County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D). I realized there must have been a point in choosing the particular photograph that portrays the county executive. I then looked at some other old pictures in other Post articles and realized there is a pattern that portrays African Americans in a negative light. The Post must have hundreds of other photos of the county executive. Why didn't The Post choose a photograph that portrays him as the dignified public servant he is?
Why is it that your newspaper chooses distorting photographs of African American leaders? Jack Johnson's leadership has been about uplifting Prince George's County. It is time for The Post to start depicting Prince Georgians and the county executive we elected in the honorable manner we deserve.
Robbyn McIntosh is the paid attorney-adviser for the county's Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel and has made donations to Johnson's campaign treasury.