“How are you supposed to show love to your brother, father or another straight man?”
That was the question that many were trying to answer when it come to the picture above that went viral with hundreds of thousands of shares on facebook, instagram and twitter.
The photographer shares who and why he took the photo:
“This was a photo that I took for my father last year for Father’s Day. It’s a display of love being passed down through the generations. Our family loves hard and everyone knows it. My father showed unconditional love to me, my twin brother, and my sister, and I want to pass it on to my son. We call it, Blue Love.”- Anthony Blue Sr. [pictured with father Aubrey and son Anthony Jr.).
Not everyone felt the love showered down on this picture. Some screenshots of comments are below:
And another comment below:
In an unofficial poll, a facebook user conducted a survey of Black men and came with these results:
Out of roughly 179 Black Men:
77% had never had their father say the words “I love you” to them
64% can’t remember the last time they said the words “I love you” to another man
39% think that kissing their father or son can make them “soft” or “less than a man”
24% think there’s nothing wrong with kissing and hugging their father or son
So what do you think? How is a man supposed to show another man love? Is there anything wrong with a hug and a kiss to another heterosexual man?
One thing is clear, Black men are hurting and someone needs to show them love. How you do it, falls upon us all.