Meet Brian Williams, an African-American man from Louisiana who posted on Facebook that he doesn’t find black women with college degrees at all attractive. Why? Because they threaten what he sees as his role as a “protector” or a “provider”
This did not go over well.
“The fact that you ‘have a degree’ isn’t really attractive to most men who are looking for a mate,” Brian Williams wrote on Saturday in a Facebook post loaded with emojis. Yes. Emojis.
“Why??” he asked. It’s “simple.” He then goes on to answer the question his intended audience of black women with college degrees hadn’t asked.
Receiving degrees ??? (although we are happy as hell you got it because we LOVE to see our sisters achieving ✊??) is usually associated with an increase in earning potential ??, right?
You’d think Brian Williams would want a wife who earns more money. But no.
That would be attractive to someone who was looking for a provider.
Straight men aren’t looking for protectors or providers. Those are OUR jobs. ??
He then goes on to list some desirable traits he doesn’t believe women with college degrees could possibly have.
We are much more attracted to women displaying traits like compassion, understanding, compatibility, femininity??, common sense, and loyalty: things that cannot be taught in a lecture hall or verified with a diploma.??
Seriously, you can’t make this shit up.
And an earlier post confirms where this bestower of unwanted advice sits on the MRA spectrum.
Black women with college degrees and their allies tear Brian Williams’ Facebook post to shreds.
Brian Williams isn’t famous and doesn’t appear to have a huge following. Yet his post still managed to attract a lot of attention. Especially from the black women with college degrees who felt disrespected. He first unleashed his old fogey views on the world on Saturday. Four days later, he racked up 503 comments, most of them from people who mostly had nothing nice to say.
Apparently, he enjoys the attention since he hasn’t taken the post down or made it private so far. One man offered a warning: ” They coming for this man bruh ??????????”
Others weren’t so kind.
Some pointed out that they’ve found no shortage of men who love and support women and their college degrees.
Plenty of men also stepped up to the plate to defend successful women.
Annnnd….Release the memes!
A handful of people chimed in to say they didn’t think what Brian Williams had to say was so terrible. But their comments got swiftly buried in the torrent of scorn.
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