Something’s Missing In The Discussion We’re Not Having

Something’s Missing In The Discussion We’re Not Having

Many of the world’s most prolonged and heinous injustices have historically gone on unchallenged because they were concealed from public view. Only when a professional journalist was able to bring the injustice into public view was the injustice stopped. We think of U.S. forces freeing Jewish Nazi prisoners of war in the Buchenwald and  Dachau Concentration camps who were shocked at what they found. Their photographs appalled not just Americans, but the world.
Who can forget the 1972 Associated Press photographer Nick Ut’s photo of Kim Phuc fleeing naked across a Vietnamese bridge? When the 1973 Pulitzer Committee awarded Nick its prize, it signalled the end America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. These samples illustrate just how powerful images are.