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Today, Ebony magazine received an influx of criticism over its “We Are Trayvon Martin” September covers, and conservative groups like the Tea Party have not been shy in voicing their opinions online.
(As we reported earlier, the magazine’s September issue includes a series of four covers, featuring the surviving members of Martin’s family, Spike Lee, Dwyane Wade and Boris Kodjoe wearing grey hoodies.)
In one writer’s words, “It’s 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” man.
After rumors began circulating that the Tea Party called for a boycott against the magazine, editors at Ebony quickly defended their groundbreaking issue with this message on Twitter: “We have so many Tea Party readers and followers. To lose all zero of them due to our September cover would be devastating.”