There’s nothing new under the sun when it comes to the treatment of Black people in WHITE AMERICA. Especially, when it revolves around our culture and the contributions we’ve made to the overall infrastructure of this country. So why would this instance be any different?
If you don’t know what I’m speaking about, read along. As you are probably well aware, the #MeToo movement took over national consciousness when it went viral amidst dozens of women coming forward accusing media mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and other violence.
Since the revelation of these acts have surfaced, accusations against public figures have come to light. Allegations leading to the firing and/or resignation of actors, directors, CEO’s, and even Congressmen have being exposed.
Recently, TIME Magazine revealed their cover featuring The Silence Breakers. The cover coincides with the article about the women who broke the silence regarding the Hollywood sex scandal and overall rape culture currently being ignored.
The cover features women who helped catapult the #MeToo, but there was one problem. Of all the women they featured, they managed to feature the hashtag’s originator, Tarana Burke. Now this is no surprise as history has shown us white people have a long record of stealing the ideas and inventions of black people—and take credit themselves.
The magazine only included actress Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, corporate lobbyist Adama Iwu, Isabel Pascual and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. Though Burke was included in the article, her presence on the cover was originally omitted, causing an immediate uproar.
But, it’s no surprise considering its Time Magazine and well, you know it’s America. Fret not, social media did what it does best and came to her rescue. Due to the backlash received, Time revamped the cover adding Burke in front of all the other supporters, as she should be.
We hope Time has learned their lesson, but if not, no worries, we will celebrate our own without them!