Welp, you knew this would happen.
After Ebony magazine released a preview of its upcoming September issue, which features four separate images dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin and examines Florida’s Stand Your Ground Laws, the racist trolls started coming out in droves.
According to the 68-year-old magazine, they have been inundated by individuals expressing their displeasure over the cover because they’ve chosen to “take Martin’s side.”
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!" Actress and singer Anika Noni Rose, known for her role in the musical "Dreamgirls," tweeted a response: "Dear tea-party, you can't boycott something you've never utilized."
Considering Ebony is a publication owned by African Americans and produced for Black folks, what would a White-out do to the Ebony brand considering most have never bought the magazine in the first place?
Although the threat of a boycott seems absolutely pointless, one thing is clear. Ebony magazine’s covers did exactly what they were supposed to do: drum up conversation and score the publication some much-needed buzz.
In response to the criticism, Ebony magazine hit back with a bit of mockery, hitting back with a “see if I care” response, via its official Twitter account: