The reason why black women aren’t on mainstream magazine covers

In 2007, when Beyonce appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual “Swimsuit Issue,” angry white readers demanded subscription cancellations. One reason given by a white male subscriber: “My daughters grew up identifying with the models in the Swimsuit Issue, and wanting to be like them. How is my daughter supposed to see herself in Beyonce?” The white male — collectively — understands the potentially devastating effect on the white female psyche when a non-white female is elevated above the white female — even for something as trivial as a magazine cover. White males understand, collectively, that in order to validate themselves, they must validate and uplift the white female.

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Extract taken from Black love is a revolutionary act by Umoja

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