Essence magazine has caused a bit of a stir by putting NFL yum-yum Reggie Bush on the cover of February's "Black men, love, and relationships" issue. It seems that his status as Mr. Kim Kardashian has a lot of panties in a knot—and not in a good way.
A BET blog has reported that Essence.com boards are "flooded with seething comments from people who can't understand why a magazine geared towards Black women would make the NFL player who is dating a non-Black woman, Kim Kardashian, the cover choice for an issue that celebrates Black love."
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One crotchety commenter says, "Why put a man who clearly prefers the bottom of the barrel of white women than a good black woman on your cover? Clearly, he has no love for the sisters. This magazine is supposed to empower black women not remind us of the disadvantages that we face in today's society. Please don't insult our intelligence." Black And Female: Destined To Be Single?
Let's keep it real. Black, white, orange, green—we get our intelligence insulted every day as women—heck, as humans. And yes, Kim Kardashian's a$$-ploitation and reality TV (we heart Kourtney and Khloe) doesn't make her the classiest of Caucasian women. But in this day and age, a committed, loving relationship—like that of "Bush and the Tush"—should to be celebrated rather than berated. We applaud Essence and Reggie Bush—because empowerment begins with an open mind. 4 Unplanned Pregnancy Tips Via Khloe Kardashian
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Essence should consider putting Robin Thicke on their next cover—the gorgeous blue-eyed white boy soul singer's endless devotion to his African-American queen of a wife (Actress Paula Patton) is articulated in every one of his songs.
Bottom line (no pun intended), no one can keep it in their pants anymore, regardless of race. With all the interracial stuff going on, all humans will probably be beige in about a hundred years anyway (thank you, Russell Peters) and this argument will be long moot.