February 4, 2010

First Female Black Prisoner of War

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:37 am by Gina

Hey everyone,
I assume you are all familiar with Jessica Lynch? She was the 19-year old female soldier who was captured and became a prisoner of war in the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. She became extremely popular in the media, but what you probably didn’t hear about was her fellow POW Shoshana Johnson, who was another soldier captured at the same time.

Johnson is the first female black prisoner of war- something pretty historic if you think about it. She is releasing a book in time for Black History Month called “I’m Still Standing,” talking about her experiences as a POW as well as what happened when she returned home. Johnson feels that the media ignored her story because of her race, or chose to portray her as greedy when she challenged a mental disability label she was given for her post traumatic stress disorder. Read more about Johnson and stories of her time captured here.
I am so surprised that I haven’t heard about Johnson’s story sooner, or saw more coverage of it at the time. It saddens me to think that media outlets purposeful ignored Johnson because of her race, but I am glad that she is now getting to tell her story.
Do you think the media made a huge judgement error in not giving Johnson more publicity?

Have a good day!

1 Comment »

  1. regina said,

    For sure! I doubt her story was any less of Jessica Lynch and the media should have covered them together, not just one. They’re both heroines that both became POW so why not tell their story together?

    Stupid media.

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