Kim Kardashian Is Exploiting Her ‘Honorary Black Womanhood’ With Her Latest Hypersexualized Magazine Cover

Kim Kardashian’s derriere has cause quite the stir online with the release of her Paper magazine cover, mostly invoking discussions about the “realness” of the posterior or the likelihood that the greased asset has been Photoshopped. While consumers mull over these trivialities, I’d rather talk about how the great machine of America’s racism is once again revving its engines, exploiting and reinforcing the same old racist tropes and ideologies that have plagued the country since its inception.

First, a few facts. Kim Kardashian is married to and has a child with a Black man, Kanye West. She rose to fame after a leaked video of her engaged in sexual activity with Ray J, a Black R&B artist, went viral. She also happens to come from a family of sisters who have had relationships with Black men.

Or, as thoughtfully expressed by a meme recently posted on Khloe Kardashian’s Instagram:

Khloe Kardashian Offends With KKK Joke

This meme was posted on the same day that Paper Magazine released the image of Kim’s greased butt on their cover.

There is a historical context for why these displays are obviously racist.  But frankly, I am too fed up with America’s ignorance and racism to provide a detailed account of the social norms and laws that have policed and controlled interracial relationships and marriages in the United States of America, which most people should be very well-aware of, provided a secondary education. But, in short: America has long hated White/Black relations, especially when White women and Black men are involved. And briefly, the country enforced anti-miscegenation laws that criminalized marriage or sex between individuals of different races up until 1967 when the Loving v. Virginia case brought the laws under scrutiny and the courts finally ruled they were unconstitutional. Modern America is not far removed from these opinions, either. A 2012 poll of voters surveyed in Mississippi found that 29 percent believe interracial marriage should be illegal. A similar poll was conducted in Alabama and found 21 percent of those voters want to bring back America’s anti-miscegenation laws.

White women who had relationships with Black men were often shunned by society; unwanted and tainted, they were stripped of their “femininity” and purity. They were blacklisted; they became Black. That is the position that Kim Kardashian and her sisters — or at least Khloe — now occupy in American society. They are the White sisters who have become “Black” because they love and have relations with men of color. And as discussed in the piece I wrote about Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” cover, Black women can be hypersexualized, their image denigrated and exploited for profit freely. I wrote:

The stereotype of the over-sexed Black Jezebel has long been America’s go-to archetype used in entertainment since the country’s inception. This image is rooted in White supremacist, patriarchal ideas developed when Europeans first encountered African tribal women and in America’s history where White slave holders blamed Black hypersexuality for the rape of women slaves. For that reason, there has always been an incentivized space to display, exploit and monetize the myth of black female lewdness through images and music. Historically, it has been the easiest way for White men to avoid taking responsibility for the abuse and misuse of Black female bodies.

Like Minaj, Kim Kardashian has become basically nothing more than an ass. While some people may believe it is empowering for these women to monetize their assets, the history connected to that exploitation is nothing short of horrific.

However, there is some type of use for this outrageous display. Kim Kardashian’s recent magazine cover serves as an important public service announcement, a story of caution, a deterrent even. It’s message?

Beware, delicate White women: Do not defile yourself by engaging in fornication with Black men.

Most White women will never profit from the perpetuation of racism and stereotypes like Kim Kardashian, but they most certainly should be aware of the fact that they continue to persist.