sweetbrnback01

ccastellanos July 11, 2012 @ 10:26 p.m.

I have read this article over and over trying to figure out how the cover page has anything to do with the content of the article? With that being said I would also like to know where the information was gathered to write the assumption that nobody likes the black girls? You know what happens when you ASSume?! I am extremely offended with the cover page and the message that it sends. Its seems as though your statement was more of an opinion and less of educated researched topic of discussion. To be completely honest it is a reality check for those people who believe that we have made so much progress and that racism doesn't exist. Well your cover page just made it painfully obvious that the color lines are still present in 2012! To the author of the cover page I would invite you to take your blinders off and realize that there are more non-black men who are interested in black women than you may think. Let me also refresh your memory to slavery times when there were more slave owners who were trying to get a lot more than a good servant from the women he purchased.

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Teresa Shonda July 12, 2012 @ 9:40 a.m.

I read this whole article as well, and didn't see any point to the blurb on the cover that said nobody likes Black girls...This upset a lot of my friends yesterday on FB, including me. I have many Black girl friends that only date White men or non Black men exclusively, and the majority of men that approach me to ask me out are non Black. Black women have always been hated by our society and media, yet we have so many other races plumping up their lips with fillers, tanning their skin, making their hair curly, and even getting butt implants to get curves that most Black women have naturally. I'm tired of people perpetuating the stereo type that Black women are not beautiful and nobody likes them. This is completely false. Black women are beautiful and strong women that many men are too intimidated by to approach because we are so confident. Too bad for us we're so strong and beautiful I guess.

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sweetbrnback01 July 13, 2012 @ 3:59 p.m.

ccastellanos ,I am with you on this I seen this the cover on FB and got upset becouse I know that is was a unture statement and I to was offended the frist thought that came to my mind was that it was propaganda and it hurt my heart that they would stoop so low to get someone to read the article and those that just look at the cover and believe it !

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Teresa Shonda July 12, 2012 @ 10:41 a.m.

In addition, I think it's up to parents of all colors to teach thier kids to appreciate all races and ethnicities. The media is not helping by making negative images of Black woman, and other races, and teenagers like J are easily influenced by the media. Teenagers want to be liked, and are followers, (like making fun of the Black American idol contestants) so parents need to teach them to be leaders and not to be closed minded. If they were educated by the schools on our history from slavery to freedom, and learned our accomplishments and success, maybe they would have a better understanding of why we are so hated and treated negatively.

-A Black woman in San Diego that Black and Non-Black men like

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jka816 July 12, 2012 @ 10:28 a.m.

Nothing like poor choice in quote selection to get folks talking! JEEZ I'm not sure it was a fair choice,for the author or the young man that made the statement, to use that quote in such a manner that is misleading and taken out of context. Don't editors & journalists have a code of ethics or a sense of social responsibility?

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kymmiethewriter July 12, 2012 @ 10:40 a.m.

Hm, not only is your article completely lackluster, but obviously the cover title is ridiculous and idiotic as well.

Now, my question is...how do the two correlate? You sat up one night and said "hmmm, how should I introduce people to my new article entry? I need something that would stand out. I know! I'll put something ignorant on there! That will get people to support my work! :D"

To print something like this, says a lot about you. Says a lot about the paper you write for. I will never support this publication, EVER, and I will be making noise to ensure others don't either.

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CaliGal July 12, 2012 @ 12:33 p.m.

Siobhan, please explain how Elizabeth did a good job on this piece? Offensive cover quote aside, the article seemed to have no real point. She started with discussing how excited her daughter gets when she sees other women with a similar hair texture. Then she goes on to explain (at length) how certain areas of San Diego are more diverse than others. Finally, she concludes with a mini-biography of her close friend Delicia and her mixed-race family.

What was the purpose of the article?

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Teresa Shonda July 12, 2012 @ 3:02 p.m.

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.

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sdhef July 12, 2012 @ 1:50 p.m.

What was the purpose of this article? Terrible job by E. Salaam and terrible job by The Reader. I feel offended by the cover and annoyed I wasted my time with this horribly written article.

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audrakimble July 12, 2012 @ 2 p.m.

As a black woman, formerly a black girl, I was extremely offended by the cover and title. It is disgusting that the reader would put out anything that offensive. It does show how the color of a person's skin or the type of hair associated with their race still matters greatly in this country. Whether or not E. Salaam had control over the cover, she did have control over writing that article that lacked any substance.

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Frog13 July 13, 2012 @ 8:01 a.m.

And sooo let's say we exchange the last sentence to "no one likes homosexuals" how would that make you feel? You would probably be outraged. Don't feed me any oh I would have laughed because that's highly unlikely.

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violadace July 12, 2012 @ 4:46 p.m.

I have to agree that I'm not sure what this story is about-- except a lot of public soul-searching. It's one thing to use yourself as a subject, but using your children's experiences to explore your own issues about race seems exploitative to me as a mom. Next time consider more real research and a clearer topic. (And I would make sure my daughter NEVER saw the cover of this story. )

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archer July 13, 2012 @ 1:32 a.m.

insult to injury; a white homosexual male is telling black women to chill and that it's all just "fun" having a blurb on the cover of a publication widely circulated in places where young black girls will be naturally drawn to the photo, then assaulted by the text. unbelievable.

comment on something you have a clue about.

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sulamita July 13, 2012 @ 2:48 p.m.

"I’m overjoyed that she loves her hair. I’m also afraid there will come a day when she tells me she wishes it were long, straight, and yellow"

Why do I think she is the one that have some issues, as a mixed race myself, I have never listen my mom wondering I will like to turn myself white and pretend to have my hair yellow. Offensive.

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