Ebony recently caused controversy with a cover page, featuring the Cosby Family behind a shattered glass frame, and given the current tendency of Black media to draw attention to themselves with images their readership or viewership find offensive or upsetting, I am not surprised.
Kierna Mayo - Editor of Ebony Magazine
... we can celebrate a family that looks like the Cosbys, that construct, and we can celebrate a black single mother, and we can celebrate two gay dads, and we can celebrate the breadth of black life in America...
So as far as Kierna Mayo is concerned the traditional two parent family as expressed in the Cosbys is a construct. Then she goes of to mention a black single mother and then two gay dads. How come I'm not surprised at the mention two gay dads bit? I would have been greatly surprised if that angle hadn't come up. And you know what - why not two lesbian mums, as it is easier and more natural for two lesbian mums to have a family than two gay dads, as they neither need to adopt nor depend on a surrogate mother? I mean we could just as easily have a single lesbian mum or single gay dad. It isn't hard to guess that the black single mother is a a straight black single mother
This is the usual pathological behaviour I have learned to expect from Black personalities in the media. Here is the editor-in-chief of one of the leading black publications, if not the leading Black publication. A person is such is not just a news editor. She is a leader of the community given the position she and power she has over the opinion of her readers and the kind of information she represents to them. She is given the chance to opine on the black family, and she places the traditional two parent family on a par with a single parent family and a family headed by two homosexual males.
Are these editors committed to playing constructive roles in the communities they have such influence over or are they eager to prove to their (white) corporate owners how far they are committed to undermining and talking down the Black family? The two parent family featuring parents of the opposite sexes is a construct to be regarded as being one of the various options available to the young blacks of today who aim to have families tomorrow. I guess right now (in the case of black people) it can't be taken for granted that when you say a two parent family you mean a two parent family of the opposite sexes. It is alright if you want to be a single mother right from day one, not as a result of divorce or bereavement as an example, but because you plan to have children out of wedlock as a family lifestyle option.
I just want to go over of that sentence again.
... we can celebrate a family that looks like the Cosbys, that construct, and we can celebrate a black single mother, and we can celebrate two gay dads, and we can celebrate the breadth of black life in America ...
First of all who does she mean by We, ie We that can celebrate a family that looks like the Cosbys, that construct, and we can celebrate a black single mother, and we can celebrate two gay dads. She says we can celebrate two gay dads as much as we can celebrate traditional two parent familes and a single parent family. Note that she says we can celebrate, not we (do) celebrate? So in effect what is she driving at? The traditional African American family is becoming so dysfunctional that they need to drop or loosen the ideal of the two parent family of opposite sexes in favour of other alternatives? Who is she dropping such coded messages to (for those who don't know Don Lemon is homosexual)? Her ending note indicates that the cover was deliberately chosen to provoke, so the question is whether it was meant to get Black people to review their opinions and expectations of Black family structures, or whether it was a way of saying The Black Family is Trashed, Get Used To It or that "We the publishers of Ebony don't think of it as something Black people should aspire to, and honour and venerate".
Notice how she ignores the fact that African Americans are very conservative when it come to the matter of homosexuality. So how does a publication which claims to represent and reflect the views of its readers make such a comment? The statement "We can" says all. This is not about a serious discussion by Black people about their own issues from their own social and cultural perspective. It is just to push an agenda and present the image of a so called Black elite who are more than eager to push a weak dysfunctional image of Black people to their white masters large.