To the Fauquier Times: Received in the mail your complimentary 2023 calendar featuring pictures of Fauquier residents and events over the years. I paged from the cover through all 12 months, between 100 and 200 people pictured all told I would think, and guess what? Not one single Black face. Come on, people, this is 2023. Far past time for our local newspaper to be pretending that the Black community here simply does not exist. For shame!
You owe the Black community a public apology. Or even better, may I suggest: Re-do and de-distribute your 2023 calendar, picturing as well some of our Black citizens participating in and making their contributions to civic life here.
Harvey and Ellen Ussery
Editor’s note: No excuses. This oversight is on us and we do apologize. We pledge to do better.