I didn’t get out of it that nobody likes black women. I don’t think that’s the case. I read it with critical thinking, and I think it was decent; it just needs some clarification. A lot of different races, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, even African-Americans, love black women. You see it every day in San Diego, where we’re only six percent of the population in San Diego County.

She made some strong points and I think it explains a lot about what is going on with African-American women. I think it was a positive message.

The African-American woman is beautiful, and very smart, and very successful.

Pierre Westbrooks
Spring Valley


I’m outraged over the front cover of your July 12 issue (“Afro Puffs”). It’s very offensive, biased, and racist. I don’t appreciate it, as an African-American woman. I think it needs to be recalled, and I think we deserve an apology.

Rashida Collier

The Fat Truth

Your cover story, “Afro Puffs” (July 12), says white girls like black guys. It should say, “Fat white girls like black guys, but if the black guy has a lot of money then he can get a thin white girl, cause she just wants his money.”

Don M.
via email

We Are Wanted

I have a complaint about your front-page article concerning African-American people, the “Afro Puffs” article (July 12). I really find that very derogatory to black females. It’s very derogatory. I couldn’t get past the front page to even look into the article. It’s very racist, to say the least. You guys would never make a statement like that about gay people!

You’re going to find out that that’s not ok. This is not a threat or anything like that, but I am going to have to get some people involved in the situation, because it’s not okay for you to put a statement out there like that, that no one wants black women. You don’t know how people will receive that.

I’m very well within my skin, but I think that’s a very negative image to put out there for young girls who are just trying to figure out who they are in life, and their culture. That’s very negative. I don’t see you putting anything up there about white people like that. Don’t do that. Don’t single people out like that. That is very racist.

I’m going to have to contact Al Sharpton and some other people. I’m sure that Michelle Obama feels that someone wants her children. She’s black too, if you hadn’t noticed.

via voicemail

Kids Can’t See This

I have a concern about your issue with the little girl on the cover, “Afro Puffs” (July 12). I read the article, and I still don’t understand what the cover has to do with the article. I have two daughters. We’re all mixed, African-American, and that’s what people see when they look at us. It offended me.

I’m throwing it away everywhere I see it, because I don’t want my daughters to see it. I don’t want their friends to see it and feel bad about themselves. I don’t know why you guys would put that out there like that. I wanna know who I can talk to. It’s very disrespectful, and it’s very untrue.

Jessica Neal

Vanishing Black Couples

I’d like to make a comment on the “Afro Puffs” article (July 12). To a degree, I totally agree with the Reader. I’m reading all of the complaints from the other readers, and I somewhat agree with what the article contains.

I’m from Los Angeles, but I have lived in San Diego for about seven years now. I am a black woman. I have a black husband. And we can literally count on our fingers how many black men that we see with other races. It seems there aren’t any black couples living in San Diego. All the men love white women and Asian women. You just don’t see any black couples anymore.

We were in a grocery store in Clairemont, and we had a black woman come up to us and say to us that we were cute. I asked her, “Why are we cute?” And she said it’s because you don’t see black couples together anymore.

I’ve just noticed that is a factor in San Diego. Seems most of the black men are with Hispanics or Asians.

I’ve had this discussion with black men and they say that black women are crazy. But their Asian counterparts and white counterparts are just as crazy as we seem to be.

I disagree with the other people who aren’t agreeing with the article. They obviously don’t have their eyes open. But, I also think that maybe the title of the article could have been changed to not offend anyone.

Name Withheld
via voicemail

Don’t Understand

I saw the cover today, July 12, about the article called “Afro Puffs” with the statement that no one likes black girls. I just don’t understand the irresponsibility of the Reader. Basically, what happened is that my younger sister read it — a young, half-black girl — and said, “What do you mean no one likes me?”

Maybe even if you had just acknowledged who said it; that it was a quote. I know that’s not really how you guys work. I know you guys do these things to shock people, but I just feel like it’s irresponsible, because you don’t know who’s reading it and who could be affected by it.

Think of all the young girls out there that are like, “Great. No one likes me.” I just feel like it’s irresponsible. I hope there will be some kind of statement in your next magazine expressing something to the people who have taken offense to it. It’s really offensive, actually. I haven’t seen any other Reader cover that talks about race like this.

Amber Dilan
via voicemail

Very Offensive

To Elizabeth Salaam or whomever wrote this weeks article (“Afro Puffs,” July 12):

Very offensive quote on the cover of this week’s cover story. Elizabeth, you make me ashamed to be a black woman from San Diego. If only you really loved yourself.

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nan shartel July 26, 2012 @ 7:13 a.m.

i have a picture that say's it better then i do


it's time for the world to become colorblind

diversity is wonderful until it breeds prejudiced....then it's outlived it's usefulness


David Dodd Aug. 1, 2012 @ 12:49 p.m.

I have a difficult time understanding the letters about the Afro piece. It shared points of views concerning race and inter-race, with some narrative by the author. I finally had to read it in order to try and understand where all of the vitriol was coming from, and I'm not getting it. I think some people just like to write angry letters and phone calls.

If a black woman "feels" that white males don't care for them, then that's a perception on their part, not a racist statement. And, it isn't true, at least not in this neck of the woods. But that's their perception in some instances, probably from an unfortunate personal experience or two.

The stuff that goes on the cover, which usually includes the headline and blurb, are written in order to draw readers in. The blurb was taken as a quote from someone else in the article. Did anyone bother to read this before launching a tirade about racism?


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