Reggie Bush likes White girls. It is his preference some may say. What is the problem? The problem is that some people, many sistas, feel that because Mr. Bush has a known fetish for White girls, he should not be celebrated as a successful Black man on the cover of Essence. I get it. Reggie Bush is an eligible successful Black man who seems to keep running to the White girls. Specifically Kim Kardashian, who some Black women despise for that very reason. They feel that she is the typical White girl who wants to be Black enough just to date Black men but White enough to seem exotic or different from a “regular” Black woman. I personally think that Reggie is a handsome man but seems a bit self involved and thinks he is as pretty as Kim but I digress.
Guess what folks. Newsflash! Reggie Bush is not the only successful Black athlete or entertainer with a jonesing for the White girls. Nor will he be the last. Some people may see it as donkey bulls**t but it looks like we may have to chop this one up as a loss and move on. Also, lets be clear. Essence has had many magazine covers with other successful Black men who are married to beautiful Black women. Such as Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Forest Whitaker, Samuel Jackson, Bill Cosby, LL Cool J, Chris Rock, Boris Kodjoe, Snoop Dog, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy (was married) and so on. In many cases their covers included their wives. Why all of a sudden are we choosing to attack Reggie Bush? Could it be something deeper? I think so. Hear my theory out. I believe that many young Black women are sick of seeing Black men like Reggie Bush parading around with a Kim Kardashian type or some other women who they feel is not deserving of his affections. It is bad enough that this chick has her own show after gaining a career from a sex tape with ultra lame playboy Ray-J. No need for Essence to twist the knife in the heart. Scenes like these make some Black women wonder what exactly does he feel is wrong with a Black women that he refuses to date one? We go on the defense. Why wouldn’t they be? It can be difficult being a woman out here on the dating scene having to pick and choose among the many losers to find your prince charming. Especially your chocolate prince charming.
Listen sista’s, although frustrated that does not give us the excuse to become bitter and attack someone for his personal choice and feel that that personal choice gives us a right to decide whether or not he should be congratulated for his success by being placed on the cover of an African American publication. In the end he can choose who he wants to love and who does not. We all can. Everyone is going to have to get over it. It is totally possible that Reggie might have some self hate issues. However in the end his partner is still his choice. Admittedly, I would love to see Mr. Bush with an equally curvaceous sista on his arm but I do not think that his choice of the opposite should somehow disqualify him for receiving props and accolades. At the end of the day, I am equally proud of him for his decision to be be a hardworking, career motivated Black man no matter what eye candy he has on his arm.
We as Black women are going to have to find a way to be mature and accept that this is his choice. Yes, I know, I know. Many of you do not want to hear this! However, here is the truth of the matter. His choices and decisions in love do not nor should they, take away or define him as a successful Black man. Think about it. Would you want those same guidelines and restrictions placed on you? I wouldn’t.
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