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Penn photo conveys subtle hints

I was surprised last Friday to see my picture on the front page of your paper. The picture was of a rally for Jennifer Y. C. Huang '90, an Asian woman who was convicted that day of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and of disturbing the peace. The rally's speakers included Ronald W. Francis G, Samuel Assefa G, Louise Dunlap, Professors Frank S. Jones and Melvin H. King, and me. Of these people, all of whom could have had their picture in place of mine, I was the only white man. Is this coincidence or bias?

During demonstrations I have my picture taken by The Tech far too often, as if I, or any single person could represent the progressive movement at MIT. I think The Tech should consider the subtle inference that gets expressed by the photos it chooses to print. Specifically I ask that you refrain from printing photos of me. I am sure that the community would not mind seeing my face a little less.

Steve Penn G->