Dear Mr. Felsenthal:
This correspondence is to address the cover story of your publication (TIME magazine) for April 2, 2018.
It features 5 students from Parkland, Florida (Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School). I’m both pleased and disappointed. Pleased that you profiled these brave students, and their protest and the national platform that they have created, Disappointed that, unfortunately, there is no African-American face or representation on the cover.
In my estimation there is a voice that is not being seen or heard. Young Mr. Hogg has made reference to this issue in several news outlets. Dr. Martin Luther King’s granddaughter Yolanda Renee King at the age of 9 spoke at the March for Lives rally on Saturday, March 23, 2018. So in some respect “someone gets it”
It is surprising to me that you “missed an opportunity” to maximize the wave of positivity with this movement. My son who is 16 years of age and a senior honor student who is an African American should see “himself” on the cover of your publication. He and his classmates are just as engaged and involved in the national gun debate. Simply put they are watching – everyone is watching.
It is unfortunate that the subtopic of this cover story has become Jaclyn Corin’s bare feet instead of the diversity of this movement. I will continue to support your fine publication, I just ask that we “do better”
Thank you for allowing me to voice my thoughts in this forum and influential platform.
Guest post contributed by Garry Graham. Find him on Facebook here.