sumney asked: Hello. Fan of your work here. Wondering -- what's your opinion on your colleague Adam Weinstein publishing a previously unseen photo of Trayvon Martin's dead body on the Gawker site? And also using the phrase "Were I a slave to journalistic norms..." in his reasoning for posting the photo? Thanks.
Firstly and frankly, I really don’t care about the “slave” thing. Calling oneself a slave to something is a widely used turn of phrase, and reading into it simply because it was used in relation to a story about a murdered black kid is, I think, off base.
Where the photo itself is concerned, I guess I’d only ask people outraged by it if they’d feel the same sense of outrage were they alive when Jet magazine published photos of Emmett Till’s waterlogged corpse in the year 1955. Back then, asked why she’d opted for an open-casket funeral and not had the undertaker try and do some cosmetic work on Emmett’s face, his mother said, “I wanted the world to see what they did to my baby.” In that scenario, would the same people writing angry comments and emails to Adam and Gawker today have pulled out a pen to write scathing letters to Jet for exploiting a tragedy for ad money? Why or why not?
I have no idea what the answers to those questions are, and I’m sorry to answer your question with more questions, but I think they’re important to consider.
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