This is so disturbing! Recently supermodel Ashley Graham addresses the racism her husband, cinematographer Justin Ervin, encounters as a black man.
Ashley Graham spoke about her husband being spit on in Italy because he was black. Read on…
CelebNMusic247.com supports interracial couples and people who aren’t afraid to be themselves, so when this came across our desk we wanted to share this story from Ashley Graham.
Being black in America you have to endure racism on the daily from an early age and all throughout your life because there are still plenty of narrow-minded people living in the United States.
But, Ashley Graham shares a real-life situation that her husband cinematographer Justin Ervin encountered while out in Italy.
The 31-year-old model, who married Ervin in 2010, told the magazine about an incident during the interracial couple’s vacation to Italy.
Ashley and Justin traveled to the country last summer.
And here is what she had to say about their trip to Italy In the July issue of Allure:
I see what my husband has to go through every day. We had gone to Italy, and a man spat on him. It’s heartbreaking. It can make you really angry. But it’s like, how are you going to change that anger into a teachable moment?
Graham went on to clarify that she’s not planning on having children right away, she’s taking the opportunity to learn how to navigate difficult conversations about race now.
Read books; have conversations. Educate yourself. The more you have conversations with people around you that are different than you, [the more] you’re going to learn and you’re going to grow. No one who isn’t black is going to understand a black person’s life, but they don’t have to be ignorant toward [what it’s like].
I want to know as much as I can as a white woman who is going to be raising black children. We’re going to have to have that conversation of ‘Mommy’s white, Daddy’s black,’ and I want to be prepared.
Ashley Addressed Family Racism in her 2017 book ‘A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like.’
Graham wrote about the negative reactions her own family had when she brought Ervin home to Nebraska.
She wrote in the memoir.
I never told my grandparents that the man I was bringing home was black. I naively hoped everyone would be color-blind — which is not what happened. When my grandparents met Justin, my grandmother was cordial but cold. She greeted him and immediately walked away.
When it came time for them to leave, my grandparents didn’t even acknowledge him. Instead, my grandmother looked me in the eye, with Justin standing behind me, and said, ‘Tell that guy I said goodbye.’
We completely understand it is so sad to see a family member show their true colors of racism. It changes everything between you and them. After something like that, you can NEVER look at them the same way.
Last week, Justin said he always wanted to be like 007 and now we understand why he made this statement:
I’ve always secretly wanted to be a 00 agent… Instead, I just travel the world and shoot people.
He is too fine for words. #Yum