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.
Extract taken from Black love is a revolutionary act by Umoja