So, yesterday, a short clip hit the web that showed Cleveland Cavaliers point guard (and recent NBA champion) Kyrie Irving partying on a yacht, with a decent amount of white women on board as well. Along with the video, came an article — from a super duper unreliable source — basically alleging that Kyrie banned black women for being on the boat. As expected, this sent the black women of Twitter into a frenzy. The same women who plastered images of Kyrie all over social media, this whole week, were now seemingly turning on him, based on the mere idea of him preferring white women.
So many things wrong here.
For one, nobody considered the source. Not one angry soul. I won’t give them any promo here, but the outlet who broke this story is known for reporting the one thing we all “take out”: trash. To support the trash they reported, they used a quote from an alleged “ex homie” of Kyrie Irving.
“Kyrie only likes White girls so he told his friends not to bring any Black girls on the boat.”
Now we have two problems.
In addition to believing a story broken by one of the worst media outlets ever, people also believe this former friend, who probably was just salty that he and Kyrie aren’t friends anymore? I’m weak. Of course he’s gonna say this. He and Kyrie aren’t cool. You’ve never had anyone try and throw you under the bus once your relationship soured? If not, you were probably the one doing the throwing.
My biggest issue isn’t with people being stupid enough to believe these stories. My issue is a little more dynamic, because there seems to be this double standard when it comes to interracial dating. I see, and know, a lot of black women who gladly pursue, date, and even prefer white men. And that’s cool. However, they flip their lid the moment they see a black man with a white woman. They automatically assume that he hates black women. They assume that he thinks black women aren’t good enough for him. Now, those assumptions can very well be true — because I’ve seen black men bash black women in favor of white ones — but what if they aren’t?
What if he actually likes ALL women and the white woman you see him with is just what he likes at that moment? Hell, what if he does have a preference? Who cares? We all do. We all prefer something over another. It’s cool to say you like them tall or short. Skinny or thick. Some people like a lot of tattoos. Some people like a person with a degree or two. Nobody complains about any of this. It’s only when someone chooses one race and not another, that these uproars occur.
If — and I say if, because nobody even really knows — Kyrie Irving prefers to date white women, that’s his business. That doesn’t give anyone a pass to go on Twitter and bash white women or tell him that he “should” only date black women because he’s black. Let him live. Let him like what he likes, the same way you like what you like.
Hell, I may or may not be plotting on a white chick as we speak. Doesn’t mean I don’t like black women. I love black women. But I also love women, period. So I’m not about to limit myself to one race when there’s so much beauty out here. Maybe Kyrie Irving is in the same boat, or yacht, as me.
Oh and speaking of yachts — a yacht is a big ass boat. That little clip we saw doesn’t mean anything. We don’t know who all was on that boat. Just because you didn’t see any black women in that clip, doesn’t mean there were none.
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