Even if it's one piece taken out of a lengthy article, the point is, it’s not relevant. If you're going to have a small sentence like that on the front of a magazine for the world to see, it needs to be a topic or at least tie in to the story. So evidently The Reader put this on the cover to try to offend Black girls, because if they would have read this article, they would have used a sentence more related to this story, not "Nobody likes Black girls" Foolishness.
I am not sure how this article is "fun"...it must be due to one's inability to see this story through a lens other than their own...and to tell everyone to calm down is simply insane when it comes to deep sensitive social issues and HISTORY...especially when it hits a nerve that is FOREVER being hit while simultaneously individuals and organizations work diligently to try to OVERCOME such nonsense over and over again. Trust, if you were a "black" girl...the cover of this month's issue would lead you to feel as if, once AGAIN, society has announced that they think something is WRONG with you...it stems from a long bloodline of painful memories related to racism, sexism and those who still think this does not exist. Whether covert or overt, and yes, even one who is "black" can have this mentality. The part that is most hurtful is that the writer somehow may feel that she has enlightened us with a series of experiences, using her children to keep this topic as "light" as possible (although I actually appreciate their honesty and observations just not the way the ADULTS used it), but it is obvious that a true sense of culture has been stripped away by what they have managed to accomplish (not taking anything away from the accomplishments, just saying)...and using Southeast as a basis for, and apparently the only place, "where you can find your roots" in San Diego is ignorant. Culture is everywhere, Honey...and there is ONLY one race and that's the HUMAN RACE. Yes, there are other "smart black kids" in San Diego and some of them live in Southeast...you can also pick up a book, or visit a museum, or look up some of the people who invented some of the products you're using. Anyway, without going to town on this article because I do speak this in LOVE...the cover was very misleading and the article truly let us know that we still have a long way to go.
First of all.. to say lighten up by another comment is clearly missing the point. To say that this person wrote a great article or that perhaps there something was taken out of context and the writer has no control over what is on the cover is completely irrevelant. The point is it was irrespoinsible for editor of this publication. The cover simply insites a whole host of misconceptions. Even if the cover was meant to create a shock factor for people to read the magazine is inexcusable. I get it but not socially responsible. There is freedom of speech, but there is also I feel a journalistic responsibilty to be conscious of the information you are disseminating and the message it sends. I believe there should be an embarrasment that there should be such carelessness with the cover and then to follow that up with fact that article was not only irrevelant but poorly written. I am not one to bash anyone, but facts are facts...it was not a quality piece and was difficult to follow and understand it's message.It was personal opinion that could and should have been in a blog. Not in the Reader. I was waiting for it to make some sense or disprove me from believing that the offensive cover was a complete misleading slap in the face of all black women. I am extremely dissapointed that the Reader is this desperate to have a piece fill their paper or rally readers. Someone thought this was an insighful thought provoking cover and article. Well they were wrong. Couldn't be further from the truth. Thank you for continuing the ignorance. There is no need to defend the beauty of black women. Let it speak for itself and with that said there is no need for this paper to take it in it's own hands to address this issue since obviouslythey are ill equipped. Stick to current events, restaurant reviews, and botox ads.
Vincent Farnsworth 6:31 p.m., Dec. 4
Don Bauder 5:32 p.m., Dec. 4
Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., Dec. 4
Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 4
Marty Graham 3:30 p.m., Dec. 4
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