No, there is no Tea Party boycott of Ebony Magazine, and there never was

posted at 5:31 pm on August 8, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

If at first no publicity-driving race issue exists, try, try to create it.

Wednesday, a lie about the Tea Party got halfway around the world before the truth could get its hoodie on. Here’s how it happened.

Ebony magazine announced this week a series of four covers for its September edition featuring various celebrities and their children wearing hoodies. The covers are an allusion to Trayvon Martin’s now famous clothing, advertising a story inside the magazine about repealing Stand Your Ground, which was notably not used by the defense or prosecution in the Zimmerman case. I hesitate to give the covers too much credit by calling them “provocative,” but they’re “provocative” in the way that liberals do things that are utterly predictable and calculated for maximum media adulation and then pat themselves on the back for being “provocative.”

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Twitchy reported on the Ebony covers, with this benign headline: “Ebony magazine demands repeal of Stand Your Ground laws with four different Trayvon covers [pics]“

Breitbart’s headline was similarly benign: “Dwayne Wade poses with sons in hoodies for ‘We are Trayvon’ Ebony mag cover”

The Breitbart post spawned this comment, which as far as anyone can figure, is the only mention by anyone of a boycott of Ebony magazine until Ebony and the Twitter rumor mill decided to create one out of thin air:

They are just continuing to feed the race baiting community. How sad for America. Those that do not agree should boycott the Heat and the magazine!

But given that the magazine covers were “provocative,” and not actually provocative enough to create controversy, Ebony decided to kick it up a notch, with this tweet based on nothing. This example of the magazine’s reporting perhaps makes it more clear how they did a whole cover story on a law that had little to nothing to do with the Trayvon case.

Gawker, which went looking for the phantom boycott, pinpointed this tweet as the probable origination, from a freelance writer in Mississippi who refused to reveal his source (presumably because it was no one):

After Ebony ran with it, U.S. News & World Report happily regurgitated it, openly attributing an entire story on a boycott to one online comment. Journalism!

Ebony lashed out at tea partiers hours after conservative aggregator Twitchy denigrated the cover, writing that it was “much easier to slap on a hoodie and pretend to fight for social justice” than to “recognize a black American is more likely to be murdered by another black American than some ‘White Hispanic.’”

At conservative news site Breitbart, one commenter urged those who didn’t like the covers to “boycott the Heat and the magazine!”

The Atlantic draws a more accurate conclusion:

[A] search for the target of the [Ebony's] zinger shows that there’s almost no evidence suggesting that the Tea Party, however you want to define it, was planning any boycott against the magazine in the first place. (We sent an email to Ebony for comment on the tweet, but did not hear back.)…

To be fair, there was plenty of online criticism of the Ebony cover, mostly from supporters of George Zimmerman, who still feel aggrieved about the equally loud public support for Martin. And it’s always tricky to assign any one idea to the “Tea Party,” which itself a loose conglomeration of political groups and ideas. But it does seems Ebony (or more accurately, the people spreading the rumors of the boycott) made a mountain out of a molehill still under construction. Whether or not Head is telling the truth will surely come out soon. There is always a lot of talk online that is nothing more than talk. But, if any kind organized boycott was developing, surely there would be a trace somewhere, some morsel of evidence left behind of a planned protest beyond a single angry and anonymous commenter.

But by all means, Ebony, make broad generalizations about an entire group of people, intentionally lie about them to sell magazines, and use the lie to foment race relations instead of improving them. Provocative!

The Misogynist Banker Bro Who Probably Wasn’t

In other memes that were not true this week, feminist site Jezebel obtained an e-mail, allegedly from a “banker bro” on a fraternity listserv, which even to those inclined to dislike the alpha finance stereotype, should have seemed a little suspiciously on the nose:

Luckily, due to the tough job market, my dad has agreed to let me access my trust fund early (mid 7-figures) to start a relatively small hedge fund, ___ Ventures, after graduation. I’m emailing you guys today to let you know that, for the rest rest of the year, I will be recruiting 2 full-time employees and 1 intern to help me get this off the ground.

With my financial expertise, help from my powerful father and connections, and a skilled team, I have no doubt that this fund will rise quickly to prominence. We’ll all get filthy rich and, inevitably, bag hot slampieces. If possible, I’d love to give all 3 of these positions to my brothers.

Jezebel made clear the social import of this e-mail lay in the fact it came from a real person:

This a real-life email from a person who is not Sack Lodge from Wedding Crashers, but an actual human being who has numerals at the end of his name. I have taken to The Google and found out who his father is; it is not a surprise.

Only it probably didn’t. A modest update points to a different story:

UPDATE: According to a tipster, the email is a prank — but a slightly more complicated one, if the story is to be believed. Hacked email accounts and dark listserv majick, etc. More here.

Buried in comments:

I write to you suggesting that you edit the article to include at least the notion that the email was a parody, because I know that it is. I am currently in the fraternity that that person was in, and that email is something we call a “sting” — an email from someone else’s email account that blasts them for their flaws, ridiculous actions, embarrassing moments. The guy who supposedly sent the email was a common target of stings, being a bit of a pompous ass from time to time. Since we all care much more about what a person has done rather than what their father did, that attitude was pretty unpopular in the house and he often got stings mocking him for it.

…the guy that got “stung” [...] had absolutely no hand in writing it and wouldn’t be ridiculous enough to send that out to our list. Even though the sting has some basis in his actions and words, he’s not nearly the person the email portrays him as being.

But this story had already taken off, just like the non-existent Tea Party boycott, even inspiring some coverage in the Washington Post, in which Ezra Klein never notes the rather important update to the e-mail he’s excerpting.

Santorum’s Non-Existent Shower Fixation

And, finally: No, Rick Santorum is not fixated on young men showering at the YMCA. Huffington Post reported on Rick Santorum’s comments speaking to Students for Life this week:

You see what the Left does, what the pro-choice movement does is they just don’t focus on their little issue. They focus on everything they do in every aspect of their lives. They make it uncomfortable for students who come to Austin to shower at a young men’s Christian association, YMCA gym. Because they live it. They’re passionate. They’re willing to do and say uncomfortable things in mixed company…

You can watch video of the full remarks, here. HuffPo‘s implication that Santorum’s comments were just a random invocation of group-shower fear spurred a slew of snarky tweets from liberals ready to believe the worst of Santorum. What they didn’t know was the context that Santorum’s audience knew very well, and the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York had to provide them:

For one week the students planned to rally during the day, shower at the Town Lake YMCA, and then head to a church to sleep.

“We talked to the YMCA before we got here. We had an agreement with them that we would come between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night. Ten is when they close,” explained Coombs.

When the group arrived Monday, things went according to plan. They spent the day at the Capitol, then headed to the Y all dressed in blue T-shirts — the color representing anti-abortion advocates.

“We thought it would be best to go in in shifts and not just have everyone bombard at one time, and so we just wanted to be respectful to them since they were gracious enough to open their facility to us,” said Students For Life member Hannah Solem.

“We had absolutely no incidents. They talked to us afterwards and said, ‘You guys were great. You were respectful,” Coombs added.

But Tuesday morning, Coombs got an unexpected call from the Town Lake YMCA.

“Said, again, ‘You guys were respectful. We have no problems with you, in particular, however there were some people that support abortion who talked to our staff, intimidated them.’ They actually said that they felt threatened, and they asked us not to come back,” Coombs said.

HuffPo updated the piece (notably, like Jezebel, not correcting it), but do we think the Santorum-showering comment will ever disappear from the Santorum popular myth? Of course not.


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d1carter on August 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

How exactly does one boycott something they never use? And isn’t Ebony a racist magazine using a racist term?

HotAirian on August 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

stupid is as stupid does

rob verdi on August 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Why is Ebony honoring a attempted murderer like Trayvon Martin?

Oh, because he’s black.

sentinelrules on August 8, 2013 at 5:41 PM

How exactly does one boycott something they never use? And isn’t Ebony a racist magazine using a racist term?

HotAirian on August 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

How about a magazine for white folks called ‘Ivory’?

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

You’d boycott the sponsors, not the magazine, if you wanted to hurt them anyway. But bottom line, who cares what they put on their cover. If there’s some rag in the world that encourages Racist Jeantel to learn to read English, I’m fine with it.

Ronnie on August 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I am kind of mad at Ebony for creating the story about a boycott only because reading about it was so dreadfully boring, but it was my choice to read it and my fault.

earlgrey133 on August 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Trust me, nobody’s giving up Ebony.

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

So these celebs are saying they`re punk kids who beat down and try to kill hispanic gentlemen?

ThePrez on August 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

The Hoodie Cover of Solidarity Sumpins…………….

canopfor on August 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Sure is a lot of support for an attempted gay bashing.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Is ebony a magazine, go figure…..

crosshugger on August 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Uh what?

Daniel Stribling ‏@DanStribs 3h

This cover for @EBONYMag is amazing #JusticeForTrayvon pic.twitter.com/f6SM1X5Gk1
Retweeted by EBONY
===================

https://twitter.com/EBONYMag

canopfor on August 8, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Chris Christie signs 10 gun bills into law…

VorDaj on August 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

“We are Trayvon”

…and that’s a problem.

SailorMark on August 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

The only thing that matters to blacks is skin color.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Why can they get away with a magazine called Ebony but if I started Ivory Magazine, I’d be called a racist?

crrr6 on August 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Heh. Tea Party lynching apologists now threaten to boycott @EBONYMag over the Trayvon cover, as if any of them would have subscribed anyway.

— Tom Head, Ph.D. (@_tomhead) August 7, 2013

Whether or not Head is telling the truth will surely come out soon.

Dr Tom Head, I mean, liveenslavedthendie, please pick up the white ebony courtesy phone!

Resist We Much on August 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Segregation

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Sooee!

Bmore on August 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Ebony boycott by Tea Party? That’s just ignert, sir. The only issue the tea party has is out of control spending, where could that possibly intersect with the Trayvon story?

DanMan on August 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

How about a magazine for white folks called ‘Ivory’?

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

The way whites put up with this crap, they should call it Marshmallow.

Ronnie on August 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

After Ebony ran with it, U.S. News & World Report happily regurgitated it, openly attributing an entire story on a boycott to one online comment. Journalism!

Is USN&WR, a once readable & tolerable magazine, heading for the dustbin to join Newsweek?

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Great post, MKH. A weekly post shooting down absurd Leftist memes. Love it.

Captain Kirock on August 8, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Why can they get away with a magazine called Ebony but if I started Ivory Magazine, I’d be called a racist?

crrr6 on August 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Because it’s not racist if it’s against white people.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I would hardly consider the social media arm of a company replying to a tweet “running” with it. If you’re at all familiar with how Twitter works of course.

But with that said, those tweets did inspire

#WhitePeopleBoycottingEbony

Which have lead to some pretty funny tweets :-)

Politricks on August 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Who reads it anyway? But if anything deserves to be boycotted those covers do …. Enough already with the racism Ebony…

sandee on August 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I think the real story here is that any one of us can be cited from our comments as the leader of a broad movement.

I feel so powerful!

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Enough already with the racism Ebony…

sandee on August 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

LOL

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

crrr6 on August 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Ebony and Jet were magazines started during a time when African Americans werent able to get press in main stream magazines. This is generally why sub groups create their own magazines.

Just an F.Y.I

In your example, there are a plethora of Magazines on the market that already document the Cacausian experience. But as strong believers in the “free market” no one is stopping you from starting a magazine called “Ivory”.

Politricks on August 8, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Is it really a boycott if I’ve never looked at the thing before?

I guess for my whole life I’ve been boycotting Ebony, Slate, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmo, and about a thousand other magazines and newspapers….

dentarthurdent on August 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

#WhitePeopleBoycottingEbony

Not listed among the trends.

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Duwayne Wade posted that picture on his instagram and it brought alot of racist out. It was kinda sickening the things there were saying about him and his kids.

The comments are still there if anyone wishes to read them.

@dwyanewade

Politricks on August 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

It’s not top 10 anymore. It was when it happened a couple of hours ago but now you just have to search that hast tag to see them all.

Politricks on August 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

These people are idiots.

KCB on August 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM

How about a magazine for white folks called ‘Ivory’?

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

You have your own soap and it’s 99 & 44/100 percent pure.

RickB on August 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

They’re just not going to let this taryvon thing go are they?

sandee on August 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Gee, why are the pretentious black celebrities all dressed up like thugs, and the thug’s family are all suited up like a loving family? Also note that Trayvon was kicked out of his loving mother’s home for his violence. His loving father left him home alone for the weekend while he was partying with his girlfriend at a convention. And loving half-brother wanted St. Skittles to teach him how to street fight. Oh, and St. Skittles was texting about buying a gun with Tracy “Fruit” Martin. The family that gangbangs together dies seperately while attacking a white Hispanic.

Do black people really expect the rest of us to believe this nonsense?

federale86 on August 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I think the real story here is that any one of us can be cited from our comments as the leader of a broad movement.

I feel so powerful!

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

rob verdi is awesome, pass it forward.

rob verdi on August 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

They’re just not going to let this taryvon thing go are they?

sandee on August 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

If there’s a trend, it’s that the pro-Trayvon advocacy is getting more outrageous, but weaker. Like something that needs to die.

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Neutral Ground: an idea as old as tree bark, but it depends on the honor of all welcomed. Figure 1: Austin YMCA. Figures the left would shamelessly trash this millenia-old tradition and bring pressure (not pressure, but actual intimidation) to bear in Austin, TX. Why do they feel free about such thuggery? Why, because Eric Holder and the United States Department of Justice has their back.

RushBaby on August 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Politricks on August 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Sorry, I’m too busy oppressing minorities with my privilege to read the racist posts on Twitter.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM

rob verdi is awesome, pass it forward.

rob verdi on August 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

This is CNN.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Wii B Vince Vaughn

Joe Mama on August 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

dentarthurdent on August 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

You’ve never read Cosmo? I call BS.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

EBONY and JET are just as much Race pimps as Sharpton and his ilk.

Have either of them gotten off the plantation to see how LBJs “Great Society” has helped destroy their once prosperous community?

Have either of them exposed Margaret Sanger and other Wilsonian Progressive Democrats calling black Americans “weeds”?

Have either of them decried the murder of 20 million black babies since Roe v Wade in 1973?

How about a cover with 20,000,000 babies with Hoodies?

PappyD61 on August 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I am Spartacus.

Joe Mama on August 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Where’s that “Ivory” magazine I’ve been looking for?

HiJack on August 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

A day in the life of the liberal rumor mills that they like to call “The Press”.

Socratease on August 8, 2013 at 6:24 PM

If I had a magazine, it would look like Ebony.

~Preezy

Joe Mama on August 8, 2013 at 6:24 PM

“We’re all Trayvon” ?

Really ? All those people on the cover are drug taking, thug wannabes who would sucker punch someone and then attempt to beat them within an inch of their lives ?

Nice you morons.

When are they making the “Tyler Perry’s We’re All Trayvon Movie About Black People” ?

Idiots.

deadrody on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

You’ve never read Cosmo? I call BS.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Just looked at the pictures….

dentarthurdent on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Ebony and Jet were magazines started during a time when African Americans werent able to get press in main stream magazines. This is generally why sub groups create their own magazines.

Politricks on August 8, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Then it’s time we create a White Hispanic magazine. We could call it Frappuccino. I can only think of one potential subscriber off the top of my head though.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Does Ebony realize that SYG has been settled law in CA since the 1890′s?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Another Drew on August 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

So with a story like this, where is the race-baiter?

itsspideyman on August 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Like something that needs to die.

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Which seems VERY appropriate…..

dentarthurdent on August 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

I just had to argue over at IMDB that The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia weren’t members of the Tea Party, seeing as the matriarch of the family was wearing a Kerry/Edwards t-shirt and they had been gaming social security for decades. Man, it was sad.

Dongemaharu on August 8, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I lost sleep last night just tossing and turning in anger after watching a video of three black kids beating th sh*t out of a defenseless white kid on a school bus, presumably because he dropped a dime on their in-school marijuana sales. Not the first black boy brutally beating a white boy on a bus video I’ve seen, I’m horrified to say, as there was another video a few months ago of black youths actually taking turns beating the sh*t out of this one helpless white kid. In between these two events, you can sprinkle in the black woman who kidnapped and blow-torched to death a small white boy, and the young white couple who were carjacked, then raped, tortured and murdered over a period of days by five black gang members. Oh, and the random punch out of whites by gangs of black flash mobs in downtown Chicago, or the Oakland protests that got a little ‘out of hand.’

Point is, Screw you, Ebony magazine, and every slimy, race-baiting coackroach who graces your cover. I am not now, nor have I ever been a racist, but facts are facts. If there’s a war on out there it is decidedly and unequivacally one-way and the liberal activists, race-pimps, and bloviating ‘personalities’ in Sports, Hollywood, and the Media who have done everything in their power to keep the Trayvon issue alive while ignoring the daily litany of horrific crimes that routinely involve black perpetrators and white victims share the blame.

CaptFlood on August 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM

To bad the racist baiters Sharpton and Jackson didn`t make the cover, but their brains are in their ass so I guess it would be a tough picture

HAGGS99 on August 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

This thread is useless without proper trolls.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

I was just reading my latest issue of Cracker magazine and wondering what all the hubub is about?

Tater Salad on August 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Duwayne Wade posted that picture on his instagram and it brought alot of racist out. It was kinda sickening the things there were saying about him and his kids.

The comments are still there if anyone wishes to read them.

@dwyanewade

Politricks on August 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

What’s the big deal? Responding to a racist with racist remarks. Kinda like fighting fire with fire.

Sporty1946 on August 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I was just reading my latest issue of Cracker magazine and wondering what all the hubub is about?

Tater Salad on August 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

The weekly “creepy-ass” column is my favorite.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

You’ve never read Cosmo? I call BS.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Just looked at the pictures….

dentarthurdent on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

I read Cozmo once and mentally screamed: ‘Eyebleach! Put your pants back on! Eyebleach!’

Resist We Much on August 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Ebony forgot the little ™ sign next to each “trayvon”. That could cost them some money if the mother decides to sue.

BTW, people actually buy Ebony? LOL. I always looked at it as more of the vanity press.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Someone lunatic liberal must have “heard” there was a black Tea Party member somewhere in the US who subscribed to Ebony but who decided to cancel his subscription. Of course, what the lib heard may just be another one of those voices in their head that no one else can hear.

Or maybe they are just making sh!t up, again, as Alinsky and Goebbels would advise.

This is like the other associated Big Lies. That the the Tea Party is racist and that Trayvon Martin was just an innocent defenseless child gunned down by Zimmerman for no reason other than he was black and Zimmerman is a racist white Hispanic.

farsighted on August 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Twitter for Twits!

GarandFan on August 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

There’s a magazine named Ebony… ok then…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Here are three Trayvons brutally beating another creepy white ass cracker! Yep.. they are proving to all be Trayvons! Many may await his fate if this keeps up!!
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/08/jackson-sharpton-stay-silent-on-school-bus-beating/

Marco on August 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I thought “real journalists” had “layers of fact checkers”…

ITguy on August 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Had family visit this weekend, the “gun toting redneck” side of the family. In all my years I have never had a conversation with them revolving around race. Never. That is almost all we talked about this weekend. It is getting worse, not better and it is going to be ugly.

ctmom on August 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

It seems to me that Thomas (Tom) Head’s first name should actually be Richard (Dick).

Art on August 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Is beating it into the ground really how we should honor Trayvon?

rogerb on August 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I read Cozmo once and mentally screamed: ‘Eyebleach! Put your pants back on! Eyebleach!’

Resist We Much on August 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I can empathize, he probably wasn’t wearing pants.

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

What if they gave a boycott and no one showed up?

Slayur on August 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

I can empathize, he probably wasn’t wearing pants.

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Never mind…you completely beat me to it. Heh.

22044 on August 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Here piggy.

CW on August 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Ebony forgot the little ™ sign next to each “trayvon”. That could cost them some money if the mother decides to sue.

BTW, people actually buy Ebony? LOL. I always looked at it as more of the vanity press.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

It’s a hair-salon magazine. A subscription shows that you are ‘down for the shtruggle’.

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2013 at 8:23 PM

“Said, again, ‘You guys were respectful. We have no problems with you, in particular, however there were some people that support abortion who talked to our staff, intimidated them.’ They actually said that they felt threatened, and they asked us not to come back,” Coombs said.

This type of thugishness by the pro-choice supporters cannot be denounced in strong enough terms.

thuja on August 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Over 80 posts in and no word from our resident race-baiters?

Are they ill?

CurtZHP on August 8, 2013 at 8:44 PM

From the YMCA article, it seems apparent that only one side ever brings politics into the neutral territory — but they blame it on the other side, every time. The italicized portion is the letter from the Y to the Student group:

If any person or group enters our facilities and creates an atmosphere that is disruptive, we have an obligation to our members and program participants to ask that person or group to leave or to refuse them access.

There are appropriate places in which to conduct a political debate, and that place is down the street at the State Capitol, not at our YMCA.

We are working directly with Students for Life to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties.

Some YMCA members say the agree with the decision.

“I feel like if the people who are actually members here complained, then it’s a good move because people who are members here probably have more say than people that are just showering here,” said Alex Gimson, who works out at the Town Lake YMCA.

“I feel like maybe it was a bad move in the first place to let them come over here and take showers if they feel like it might offend some people,” Gimson added. “Politics shouldn’t be involved in the gym.”

So, if someone objects to your very existence in the universe as being offensive, then you are the one who was disruptive, even though you never even talk to, much less confront, the ones who find your presence offensive.

Right.

YMCA – Young Man’s Christian Association — gave up its principles years ago; maybe they should get around to changing the name sometime.

Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

John 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

AesopFan on August 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

You’ve never read Cosmo? I call BS.

happytobehere on August 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

.
Just looked at the pictures….

dentarthurdent on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

.
I never read “Cosmo”.

But I do ogle the cover, while waiting in line at the store.
.

I read Cozmo once and mentally screamed: ‘Eyebleach! Put your pants back on! Eyebleach!’

Resist We Much on August 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

.
. . . . . : )

listens2glenn on August 8, 2013 at 11:08 PM

We are PRAVDA

FlaMurph on August 9, 2013 at 12:36 AM

This type of thugishness by the pro-choice supporters cannot be denounced in strong enough terms.

thuja on August 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

What is done to babies in the name of choice cannot be denounced in strong enough terms.

hawkdriver on August 9, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Odd how black Americans despise being “labeled due to skin color” – yet jump at the chance to stick up for anyone black, including thugs.

This is not new – has been the norm for many years.

Gangster rap, thug life, snitches get you stiches, etc.

On the flip side – if certain blacks don;t toe the line – they are labeled “Uncle Tom’s” , “House n******”, etc.

The cannibalism has and will continue – while blaming white folks for everything and anything.

It’s the ethos of cultural failure.

Odie1941 on August 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

This just in Ebony mag as relevant to Tea Partiers as Country living mag is to rappers. No boycott necessary when no one was buying it in the first place.

neyney on August 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Judging from Ebony’s Twitter feed, they cannot even get traction with this crap amongst their own – the feed is all about “Black Breast Feeding”

PJ Emeritus on August 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

“We are all Trayvon”

Wow, that’s about all I need to know, Ebony. Thanks for clarifying that. I’ll do you a favor and *not* extend that unfavorable presumption about thuggish character to blacks in general, just to Ebony management.

Midas on August 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

It is just a HOOD of another color. Whether you call it a hood or a sheet, both incite anger, based upon experiances people relate to. Keep stirring the flames and the hatred to sell magazines and line the pockets of race baiters and it will never go away. I know how much it angers me to be accused of being what I am not, just because I am grouped because of my skin color or race. No One and I mean no one is currently more stereotyping than these folks. Get over the thought that everyone is out to get you.

j bo on August 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Hold on….

A magazine that calls itself “Ebony”, and includes only content specifically geared to black people, is upset that white people aren’t running to the newsstand begging for their latest issue?

Of course not. They’re losing readership just like all the rest of the dead tree media so they created a bunch of covers (note that one simply wasn’t enough, gotta be 4) and ginned up a controversy out of thin air.

More black people will subscribe (along with white leftists, I imagine), but the vast overwhelming majority of white people will just keep not reading it. Call it racist if you like, but until less than 90% of black people vote for the black candidate regardless of qualifications, I don’t give a damn.

runawayyyy on August 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

To bad the racist baiters Sharpton and Jackson didn`t make the cover, but their brains are in their ass so I guess it would be a tough picture

HAGGS99 on August 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Most of Jackson’s sons are illegitimate.

runawayyyy on August 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM