POLL: Can White Couples Jump the Broom?
Jumping the broom has long been a tradition among African-American couples.
But should White couples do it, too?
A picture of a White bride and groom jumping the broom recently caught my eye on social media.
Why? Why. pic.twitter.com/0UP8jMMCXA
— Brandy with a Y (@BtSquared2) November 4, 2014
Just a few months ago, I wrote a post about alternatives to age-old wedding traditions, including jumping the broom.
During our recent nuptials, my husband and I opted out of the tradition, which was used to acknowledge Black marriages at a time when they were not legal; however, I respect those who choose to participate.
But what about when those people are White?
Well, for one thing, there’s no context really to this picture. It is possible (though it may be a stretch) that the bride and/or groom have Black ancestors somewhere (wayyy) down the line. And it’s been said there are Celtic roots to the time-honored tradition as well. So, there’s that.
Or…this could simply be a hoax, or an advertisement, or a stock image. Point is, we don’t really know what’s going on here, so perhaps we shouldn’t rush to judgment.
That being said, there’s no denying that the picture raises a few eyebrows.
Has Black culture been Columbus-ed so much now that White people jumping the broom is acceptable? Can we have anything?!
I mean, I’m not Jewish, so you’re not going to catch me breaking glass under the chuppah and shouting “Mazel Tov!” But that’s just me.
Take our poll and let us know what you think in the comments!