Esquire cover featuring white, middle-class 'American boy' sparks backlash: 'How is this real?'

Esquire magazine just debuted its March 2019 issue, and the cover shines a spotlight on what it’s like for “an American boy” to grow up “white, middle class, and male in the era of social media, school shootings, toxic masculinity, #MeToo, and a divided country.”
Esquire magazine’s latest issue sparked outcry on Twitter for focusing on white males during Black History Month. (Photo: Esquire)
But many people on Twitter are having none of it. Some could hardly believe the magazine seemed to be sympathizing with white male privilege in such a fraught cultural and political climate.

A few immediately picked up on the insensitive timing of the issue’s release — the second week of February, which is Black History Month.

The cover accompanies a feature story that’s the first installment in a “new series about a boy,” according to Esquire. It profiles 17-year-old Ryan Morgan, from West Bend, Wis. Some feel one feature on the “plight” of white males is bad enough, and an entire series just adds insult to injury. Others are baffled by the subject matter.

Some are flat-out angry about the feature, and no one is being shy about why.

Others are resorting to sarcasm and humor to lighten the blow.

Some, however, raised a point about who is criticizing whom.

Esquire‘s editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden, explained in an essay the reason he chose to run the “American Boy” cover story, saying that an “ideological echo chamber” is bad for everyone — kids included. But critics on Twitter weren’t buying it.

Only time will tell what the reaction will be when Esquire publishes part two.
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  1. I don't understand why white women always have a problem with white men, THEY REARED THEM TO BE THAT WAY AND DON'T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE! Don't like the outcome, change the way you rear them!!!! Simple....

  2. You want history?
    KONDA The Konda were among the most proficient and brutal of slavers. Description of a Konda sword --- Form specifically used for the capture of slaves for their human consumption (cannibalism) market. The Konda provided slaves for the Arab market as well as for domestic consumption, which was described by Glave in 1890. This weapon served in the confined quarters where captives were subdued and gathered. It served to control, disable and kill the victims while preserving the marketable corpse.
    NGOMBE/POTO --- The Ngombe melded with the Poto who themselves were displaced and assimilated into the Bantu culture. As with all Congolese slavers, their weapons were designed for effective use in close quarters and later, used for dismemberment of slaves slaughtered for human consumption.
    MANDINGO --- the period of the transatlantic slave trade of which Gambia and the Mandingo were pivotal elements. Since contact with the Portuguese in the 18th century and subsequently the British, the Mandingo supplied a steady stream of slaves for the North American and South American markets. It was the Mandingo from which Alex Haley drew his main character for now largely discredited "Roots" .
    TETELA --- the late slave trade period which supplied the markets for the Arab world and South America. In this period, there were just two commodities produced in Africa, ivory and slaves, of whom millions were exported. The Tetela were slavers who used a variety of weapons depending on the situation. Shorter weapons served battle at close quarters as in the hut or kral with spears and sword used on the battle field. Once subdued, the adversaries were sorted for usefulness and saleablilty with fit men and women sent to market, and young men sometimes introduced into the ranks of the slavers. The old, infirm and wounded were executed. The Tetela were considered the most vicious and most feared of Congolese slavers. They were savage in their attacks which included tribal war for the purpose of slave captures. During the second half of the 19th century, tribal wars were specifically for the capture of slaves and not territorial.
    YAKA (Congo) ---- The Yaka were ferocious warriors. They were slavers and likewise preyed on by their neighbors.
    ASHANTI --- Slave raiding was all hand to hand combat often within confines of the hut or kral. The weapons needed were necessarily short. The Ashanti traded slaves and ivory with the English and Portuguese.

  3. Same with thoer daughters whose heads are full of poop.

  4. To all the losers who negatively commented on this article, piss off. The whole world has been bending over backwards so your weak minds don't freak out over the smallest perceived offense. Grow up. It's OK to be white, we don't need your permission to be ourselves and thrive. Our culture is just as important as yours. If you don't like it, leave.


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