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Published:September 15th, 2011 10:56 EST

Outrage: No Blacks Pictured In Time Magazine's 9/11 Commemorative

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Time magazine this week published `Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience,` a photo-rich commemorative edition dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. No identifiable African Americans are pictured in its 64 pages."



This glaring omission feeds into the stereotype that African Americans aren`t patriotic. Blacks are as "red, white, and blue" as Whites, Hispanics, and Asians.

Asked about the absence of African Americans in the Time magazine pictorial, spokesperson Kerry said by email: Time is declining to comment at this time. I can understand why Time magazine is declining to comment, it will take time to come up with a good excuse for such an egregious injustice.

Hundreds of first responders on 9/11 were African Americans, and of the 343 firefighters killed on that fateful day a dozen were black. The whitewashing of 9/11 by Time is an insult not only to Blacks, but to every patriotic American.

This isn`t an innocent mistake, the Time photo essay was reviewed by several editors, vetted by lawyers, and carefully scrutinized. Didn`t at least one Time employee ask why there were no African Americans pictured in the 9/11 issue?

I don`t subscribe to Time magazine, and I don`t know anybody who`s stupid enough to buy a news magazine when you can get the news for free online. But for those of you who subscribe to Time, maybe it`s time to join the 21st century and cancel your subscription.

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