Tommy Christopher: No Black Dads In Time Magazine Father’s Day ‘Letters From Dad’ Collection

Source: Tommy Christopher / Mediaite

I believe it was MC Skat Kat who once observed the nullifying properties of taking equal numbers of forward and backward steps, properties which were on display in the media this Father’s Day. While Google took the leap to include a black dad in its Father’s Day doodle for the first time, Time Magazine asked a bunch of “famous dads” to write open letters to their daughters, as part of a “Letters From Dad” collection for Father’s Day. Apparently, they couldn’t find a single black father to participate, perhaps because the only one they knew was busy posing for Google’s doodle?

The Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince (of Journal-isms™ fame) and Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans noted the omission on Twitter, with Deggans pointedly tweeting “Wow. When TIME magazine asked several famous dads to write Father’s Day letters, they forgot to inlcude black men,” and observing that even if obvious choices like Bill Cosby or Will Smith had hypothetically turned the magazine down, “Are those the only famous black fathers TIME knows? Larry Fishburne had a movie opening this past weekend.”

Still, it’s possible that Time’s list was culled from such a narrow definition of “famous” that it just didn’t leave them many possibilities. Which celebrity supernovas made the cut?

Aaron Sorkin, Bassem Youssef, Bruce Jenner, Chuck Schumer, Ethan Hawke, Jerry Jones, Joe Klein, Marco Rubio, Mario Lopez, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Buckley, Rahm Emanuel, Richie Sambora, Rodrigo Garcia, and Tom Brokaw.

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