When traversing the left’s minefield of inclusivity, you never know who you may offend, and the odds are very good that at some point, someone will be offended about something.
This being a lesson the United Nations learned this week after trying to stretch the realm of diversity to include everyone in a Valentine’s Day message.
“Love is equality. Love is respect. Love is love. Happy Valentines Day to everyone celebrating love today!” read a message from UN Women, along with an image that quickly proved to be problematic — the group is described as a United Nations entity “for gender equality & women’s empowerment” in the Twitter account’s profile.
The image included two mixed race women holding hands, as well as two mixed race men. A mixed race heterosexual couple is hugging and a lone black woman embraces herself — presumably signifying self love.
@UN_Women posted this on valentines day. Unbelievable that it was vetted and cleared. It showed every other ‘color’ being embraced by a partner but only black woman holding herself, even the black man was embracing a white woman – disgraceful pic.twitter.com/6mlHXX91LI
— Just Arthur… (@chuxx73) February 15, 2021
The image drew intense criticism, as seen above. Some suggested that the intended message was that black women are not capable of being loved — none of the mixed-race couples included featured a black woman.
The tweet above described the image as “disgraceful” and observed, “even the black man was embracing a white woman.”
To show how woke they are, and to likely head off any more criticism, UN Women responded to the controversy by deleting the tweet.
“We posted an illustration on Valentine’s Day, depicting love in all its diversity,” the tweet read. “We listened to what you said in the comments & decided to take it down. UN Women works for gender equality & empowerment of all women & girls regardless of age, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”
We posted an illustration on Valentine’s Day, depicting love in all its diversity. We listened to what you said in the comments & decided to take it down. UN Women works for gender equality&empowerment of all women & girls regardless of age, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. pic.twitter.com/GyMt9foapr
— UN Women (@UN_Women) February 15, 2021
The overall response to the controversy captures just how difficult it is to please all when you choose to drill down to what makes people different from one another, as opposed to what unites people.
It also captured just how hypersensitive people have become in today’s post-Obama world.
Here’s a small sampling of the responses to the story from Twitter:
The fact that you left the Black woman out in the cold to love herself really accurately represents the historic and current way the world views Black women as unworthy of receiving love, doesn’t it? If that’s what you were going for, you nailed it. If not, seek antiracism help.
— Kalera Stratton (@nisslbodies) February 15, 2021
So the UN did a little image of valentines day and everyone had a partner except for the Black woman, hugging her own self. They literally show her hugging her self.
Just letting the world know that BW are undesirable.
— Henry’s Cousin (@Kitu_here) February 15, 2021
Oh there’s a black man in their meme, he’s hugged up and kissing a white woman
— JoyandCo (@JoyandCo) February 15, 2021
We weren’t hurt. We were disrespected.
— LovelynAmazin🥩 (@SoLovelynAmazin) February 15, 2021
The way you CHOSE to disrespected and advanced a dangerous stereotype about Black women was abominable!! We deserve an apology which this certainly isn’t! I will personally never support you or anything you do or promote because you’ve made it clear that we do not matter!
— MrsBundrige (@MrsBundrige) February 15, 2021
Notice this image posted by @UN_Women on Valentines Day 2021. Allegedly, it is about love. Couples right? But the black woman is only hugging herself. And the only person who might (might) be a black man is with a white woman. pic.twitter.com/A3y51DcCZM
— W. Burlette Carter (@ProfWBCarter) February 15, 2021
As a single, 45 y/o Black woman this photo is triggering as hell. Despite all of my accomplishments people are always asking me when will I get married. If they only knew how tough it is for Black women. Feeling really upset right now but I will put on a brave face & go
— Ami (@Aurora2300) February 15, 2021
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