The Frenzy Over White People Boycotting EBONY Was Based On A Rumor

August 8, 2013  |  

Black Twitter was absorbed with the #WhitePeopleBoycottingEBONY hashtag, which sprouted in response to EBONY magazine’s tweet about its September issue. The upcoming issue of the magazine features four powerful covers of black celebrity fathers and sons (Dwayne Wade, Spike Lee, Boris Kodjoe, and Trayvon Martin’s parents and brother) dressed in gray hoodies. To promote the issue EBONY tweeted:

As usual, the hashtag, which took over Black Twitter, followed with some hilarious Tweets. But the whole thing was based on a rumor, reports News One.

There has been social media outrage as “racist trolls stormed EBONY’s twitter mentions with bigoted comments, while a comment on, led to frenzied speculation that the Tea Party of America planned to boycott the magazine to protest the covers,” reports News One. EBONY‘s tweet “also caused an avalanche of racist tears — even though the magazine clearly never confirmed nor denied the existence of a boycott — because the Tea Party had apparently been maligned by big, mean EBONY,” News One continues.

Gawker looked into the issue as well (via The Atlantic Wire) and traced the boycott rumor back to a comment on that Breitbart story that reads, in part, “Notice it’s in Ebony Magazine. How many white people or white hispanics even bother to look at that? They are just continuing to feed the race baiting community. How sad for America. Those that do not agree should boycott the Heat and the magazine!” (The comment was referring directly to the cover with Miami Heat player Wade and his boys.)

So it doesn’t look like there was an organized Tea Party boycott of EBONY in the making, though The Atlantic Wire does point out that there was a lot of George Zimmerman support in response to the covers.

Really, all of this is beside the point. The photos are powerful and well done. It’s a discussion we must continue to have.

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