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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 6:30 AM

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Regarding ‘T Pain At UI’ cover photos, Sept. 7

The University of Iowa is one of the whitest schools in America, plain and simple. Only 2.7 percent of the student body is African-American, and as such, the majority of those who attend school events are white.

I’m bringing this up because the picture that was chosen to represent “T Pain’s fans” was of three African-Americans. I’m not saying that they weren’t at the show; that’s not the point. The point is [The Daily Iowan] chose to frame the story of an African-American rap artist performing in Iowa City by having some of the view black attendees photographed on the cover.

As someone who was around the end of the show, I can affirm that the audience was roughly 95 percent white. If the DI had photographed three people at random from the crowd, probability would dictate that none of the three people would be anything but white. It’s no coincidence that this happened on the day that the national spotlight and Barack Obama, the first African-American president, were both visiting Iowa City.

Peter Frankman
Iowa City resident


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