What do you see in this picture?

August 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

bikedogA man enjoying a summer day with his dog? Or a dog-fighter doing strength-training?

The Baltimore Sun photographer saw the former.  Readers saw the latter. There’s no way of knowing without more information, but I suspect that for many people, “young black man” plus “bully-type dog” equals “dog-fighter” no matter what. A tad of guilty until proven innocent, don’t you think?

Would the reaction have been different if the dog were a Golden retriever, and the cyclist a young white man? I think it would have been, quite honestly.

There’s interesting discussion on the Sun’s “Unleashed” blog, here.

http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2009/08/…

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