The Buzz posts HuffPo blogger Yolanda Young's op-ed about how black women react to seeing famous black men with white women sans commentary. We know you'll supply plenty of your own….
When will New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush pop the question to his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian? There were rumors he'd propose after the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Times blogged in an allusion to the imminent engagement, "Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush Ring in Valentine's Day in Las Vegas." Earlier this week, Regis & Kelly inquired of Reggie, "Why do you think all of America wants the two of you to get married so desperately?" Wait, not so fast, Ripa.
There are some black women who find Reggie's infatuation with Kim disconcerting. Essence Magazine discovered this when its message board was flooded with angry comments after Reggie was revealed as the February cover about men who love black women. (A far better choice would've been the white crooner, Robin Thicke, who is married to the black actress Paula Patton). While much of the criticism was fair, Kim and by association, her sister and reality-TV co-star, Khloe, who's married to Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom, were accused of the following:
Using Black Men
Some have suggested that for as much as Kim and Khloe emote, they are really only exploiting their black men. This is a problematic premise in that it supposes that black men aren't lovable. Reggie and Lamar are attractive, rich and obedient little puppies. What woman wouldn't love that? If anything, the sisters, who've always had enough money to live in Beverly Hills, drive Bentleys, and eschew traditional work, have historically advanced the careers of their boyfriends. Kim garnered the dubious "Superhead" distinction after a sex video surfaced of her giving a blowjob (among other things) to her then boyfriend Ray J. The tape was perfect timing for Brandy's little brother, who was fighting gay rumors. As for her current lover, it is unlikely Reggie's mediocre NFL stats are behind his TV appearances, Got Milk? ad, and magazine profiles. Kim is keeping him relevant. The same can be said of Khloe regarding Lamar. Who outside of Laker fans and sports junkies knew of the forward before his quickie wedding to Khloe?