- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 8, 2013

The editors at Ebony, a monthly magazine geared toward black Americans, is releasing four different covers declaring “We Are Trayvon” in its September issue.

The first cover features Trayvon Martin’s family — Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin and their son Jahvaris Fulton. Three other versions featured director Spike Lee and his son, Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade with his sons, and actor Boris Kodjoe and his son, MSNBC reported. They all pose wearing hoodies in solidarity with the slain teen.

“To be 17, Black and male, specifically, is tantamount to a crime, so said the actions of a certain George Zimmerman, Trayvon’s killer,” the editors wrote in a statement Wednesday. “After an emotional trial in the state of Florida, so too, it seems, said a jury of Zimmerman’s peers.”

“We invite you again to take a look, take a breath, and above all, continue in your own way to fight for #JusticeForTrayvon,” the statement concluded.

Twitchy, a conservative website that follows Twitter posts, criticized the magazine for using Mr. Martin’s death to push the repeal of “stand your ground” laws, but one comment on Breitbart.com started the spread of a false rumor that Ebony fell for.

According to a report by Gawker, U.S. News and World Report’s Elizabeth Flock started the rumor that conservatives, namely tea partyers, were staging a boycott of the magazine.

“Sadly, it was immediately clear that no discernible group of Tea Partiers had actually vowed to join the notional boycott. So where did these rumors come from? The first mention of any proposed boycott of Ebony (limited to today) appeared in a single comment on Breitbart.com. A few hours later, this was passed off with complete credulity by U.S. News & World Report,” Gawker reported.

“We have so many Tea Party readers and followers. To lose all zero of them due to our September cover would be devastating,” Ebony tweeted in response to the fake rumor. The magazine is still retweeting other people’s comments blasting the supposed boycott.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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