Yesha Callahan

Iowa Newspaper Uses Mug Shots of Black Men, But Yearbook Photos of White Men Charged With Same Crime


The Iowa Gazette has been accused of blatant racial bias when it comes to the photos they use of black men and white men, when they’ve committed the same crimes.

According to blogger Rafi D’Angelo at, The Gazette in Cedar Rapids printed mug shot photos of black burglary suspects and yearbook photos for white burglary suspects.

D’Angelo noticed the difference when 3 white men from the University of Iowa were caught with stolen items from several Iowa homes. Instead of using their mugshots, the Gazette chose to use yearbook photos of Ross Lembeck, Seth Gross and Logan Ryan, all 19 and all white.

On the same day, the same reporter who wrote about the white burglars also reported on three black men, who were charged with burglary, Kwain E. Crawford, 36; Milton Whitehead, 50; Quentin D.W. Eatman, 24; and Curtis J. Johnson, 29 — were all pictured in their police mug shot.

After D’Angelo’s blog post gained traction online, the newspaper then changed the white burglar’s photos to mugshots.

  1. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    Smh. All the evil nonsense and corny BS that have amounted to a massive scale of social engineering over the years. I’m just glad that social media is finally here to expose these devils for the pieces of sh!t they truly are, for the world to see.

  2. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    I’m surprised that they didn’t double-down with their ignorant point of view.

  3. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    This is not news just business as usual in the USA

  4. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    Call ’em out and keep ’em accountable

  5. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    It isn’t a secret that many mainstream newspapers have promoted anti-black paranoia, and evil biases in the world. The Iowa newspaper was pressured to change the photos and this proves that we need to continue to execute social activism. Nothing changes without struggle and we are tired of being misrepresented and stereotyped. We are tired of being mistreated by a materialistic, capitalistic, and obscenely exploitative system. We have every right to make any media organ accountable for their actions and to take on the power of oligarchy, so a real change can exist in the Earth.

    • May 3, 2015 - Reply

      Not only newspapers, television commentators are the worst.

      • May 3, 2015 - Reply

        @mariah asphalt

        Right. I just saw Geraldo’s disgraceful coverage of the protesters on Youtube. Many television commentators have more of concern to push a nefarious agenda than advancing the causes of the masses of the people. We need to support people who support us and believe in our goals and aspirations (as black people).

  6. April 4, 2015 - Reply

    Clearly this is racist, corrupt and childish. The good news is that it further demonstrates their level of desperation.

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