This is a photo of a black lawyer Ted Landsmark being assaulted by a white man wielding a flagpole as a weapon during the height of anti-busing unrest held at Boston’s City Hall Plaza on April 5, 1976. The picture, taken by photojournalist Stanley Forman, won the Pulitzer Prize for the Boston Herald American spot news photographer.
Foreman also won a Pulitzer Prize three times in four years while working at the Boston Herald American.
Fast forward to the present, does racism still exist in America? The answer is complex because racism in America is constantly changing.
If you followed the election this year, you probably saw some of the heated, town hall meetings on television, you could see signs of underlying racism. If you surfed the internet or read the newspaper, you would remember the photos of “lynched” empty chairs with signs that read “Nobama” found hanging visible from the road or the comment made by a governor who suggested that former secretary of state Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama because both are African American.
Thou these photos or comments are nothing compare to the civil rights movement captured by many photojournalists in the South, the signs of racism are there.
With jumping to conclusions or playing the “race card”, we need to acknowledge that racism does indeed exist and it wounds our soul as a nation, and obstructs the promise of the United States. We as photojournalists have a responsible to continue to capture images and sound bites that reveals the psychological costs of racism on both, people of color and white.