Thanks for using my photograph in this piece, @CTMirror, covering the issue of teaching about race in school, an important issue.
A review of the CT Mirror site shows that it also hosts anti-Jewish racist commentary. This would normally be cause for me to terminate the license to use my photograph, as I have done previously (see: License to Use my Photo Terminated due to antisemitic content on your Multi-Racial Democracy, Left Organizer website : It’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate). However, I see there is also commentary adding balance and disputing the anti-Jewish racist pieces (See: Opinion: It's time to stop demonizing Israel), so I won’t terminate the license to use at this time. However, the publication is of course entitled to remove my images if they are uncomfortable with the use of material captured by progressive, pro-human, LGBTQ photographers 🙂 .
In case there is any doubt about what makes an article anti-Jewish racist, I included the United States Department of State definition of antisemitism in the post I linked to above. The articles I found on the CT Mirror site meet the definition.
I guess my question at this point is how effective a piece on eliminating racism is when it’s published alongside a pice about promoting anti-Jewish racism? I’ll leave that up to the authors to ponder. I also have to ask myself if it’s enough for there to be balance, or if any anti-Jewish racism, balanced or not, should be served with a termination. My intuition is that there shouldn’t be a different standard for this type of racism, so I may change my mind, which I can, because the work is not allowed to be used in anti-human ways.
Helpful reading on critical race theory and Judaism
- Critical Race Theory and the ‘Hyper-White’ Jew – Sapir Journal
- Social Justice for Moderns – Sapir Journal
In the meantime, I’ll continue to disallow any uses of my copyrighted work that exist in anti-human spaces.
Enjoy the photograph.
In recent weeks, we’ve watched a debate emerge over teaching about race in schools from grade school to college. We’d like to offer a firsthand account of what addressing issues of race and other discrimination on a college campus can look like.