Ebony Magazine Lampoons Tea Party For Supposed Boycott Over Trayvon Covers

Ebony Magazine mocked tea partiers who said they wouldn’t read the issue with the Trayvon Martin cover.

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(Illustration by Diana Soliwon for USN&WR/Courtesy Ebony)
(Illustration by Diana Soliwon for USN&WR/Courtesy Ebony)

Ebony magazine took to Twitter Wednesday to lampoon tea partiers after its upcoming Trayvon Martin covers sparked a small controversy in conservative circles.

We have so many Tea Party readers and followers. To lose all zero of them due to our September cover would be devastating.

— EBONY (@EBONYMag) August 7, 2013

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Ebony will have four covers in September, all of which honor Trayvon Martin. On one cover, Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wade is surrounded by his two sons, both of whom are wearing hoodies.

Martin was wearing a hooded sweatshirt the night George Zimmerman shot him to death in Sanford, Fla.

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.'"

[READ: Jesse Jackson Calls for Boycott in Florida Over 'Stand Your Ground']

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."


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