- Created on 09 August 2013
Has outrage over the lack of diversity and racial insensitivity within the fashion industry reached its peak? If not, Thursday's New York Times article entitled "Fashion's Blind Spot" will certainly ring the alarm.
The powerful feature, written by NYT editor Eric Wilson, explores the blatant whitewashing of fashion runways, ads and companies, ultimately begging the question: why doesn't the industry recognize it has a race problem? Wilson makes a strong argument that despite efforts to combat the issue, the industry is still in denial and "nothing has changed."
That sentiment is shared by Bethann Hardison, a former model and modeling agency owner, as well as supermodel-turned-mogul Iman. These two ladies are leading the charge to inject some much needed diversity into fashion.
Hardison, who founded the advocacy group Black Girls Coalition in 1989, told the Times that part of the problem is that "no one in power slaps these designers around."
Taking it a step further, Iman suggested that a boycott might be in order. "It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the 1960s, by saying if you don't use black models, then we boycott," Iman said. "If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar."
And beyond simply boycotting the retail aspect of the industry (because how many people are really buying $3,000 purses on a regular basis?), image activist and fashion insider Michaela Angela Davis suggests that folks leverage the power of Black Twitter to effect change.
- Created on 08 August 2013
NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - About 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The figures highlight how segregated the United States remains in the wake of a debate on race sparked by last month's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of unarmed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. President Barack Obama weighed in after the verdict, calling for Americans to do some "soul searching" on whether they harbor racial prejudice.
There are regions and groups where mixing with people of other races is more common, especially in the Hispanic community where only a tenth do not have friends of a different race. About half of Hispanics who have a spouse or partner are in a relationship with non-Hispanics, compared to one tenth of whites and blacks in relationships.
Looking at a broader circle of acquaintances to include coworkers as well as friends and relatives, 30 percent of Americ
- Created on 07 August 2013