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Tuesday, June 16th 2020

2:43 PM

We All Know That We're The Problem...And The Solution

W ould you believe that this article was going to be originally titled "Black lives Matter, Inc." ? Before making any snap judgements, there's a few valid reasons for playing with fire to make a point.

For the longest time, we thought that we were among many who felt these issues, first confronted in the 60s and 70s (a period range that will most likely be remined in fashion yet again, to be sure), would be non-issues and yet every year...no, every week... we find how little has changed. And every day we see various aspects of regression interpreted such as over-compensatory measures such as victim hyper-empowerment and justification of reverse discrimination as ineffective stagnancy that holds us all back. In earlier eras, it was the recognition of safety in numbers and the power of collective protest; unification of all who were disadvantaged propelled the acceleration of equality for women, gays and non-whites. Today, it really boils down to who everyone who hasn't enjoyed an automatic advantage that's still a default, i.e. the straight white male. And yet, to pillar them makes us no better, for it misses the entire point of addressing the crux of the problem: how discrimination in any form only brings further problems that affect us all.

Another reason for the consideration of that original title was Fashion Observed feels that this subject needs to be mentioned, but not capitalized on and yet, here we are. Say nothing and be complicit. Say something on a professional platform and be an opportunist. Are we truly supporting the voices that need to be heard by proclaiming our affinity with the causes brought forward, or are we riding on the coattails of this explosive cultural response to hatred to garner woke likes and follows? When we in fashion translate it into how physical trends will come up or what will be the flavour of the moment in fashion imagery, why are we going there? Is it to empower the disadvantaged, or to merely find another more sophisticated manner in which to make a profit via engineered empathy? Yes, it's what fashion does and is this the time and the place? Is it ever? Has privilege blinded us to our mercenary avarice? What have we become?

For those who have any doubt, Fashion Observed has long supported and will always support diversity, inclusivity and equality; thumb through every social media platform posting if you must for your proof.

People should be judged by the merit of their character and the quality of their performance and actions, not their physical identity, personal image, the genetic expression of their physical characteristics and who they date and love.

This affects neighbours, coworkers, and friends who are really the family we choose. We cannot ignore the reality because all these voices... the ones experiencing discrimination... especially at the hands of those who are taxpayer-paid to serve and protect all of us as #BlackLivesMatter (and now #BlackTransLivesMatters) reveals, have been telling us how bad things still are. How can we even begin to dare feigning surprise? You'd have to be living under a rock to claim that this is something new. It's even long been in our entertainment and we still weren't getting it. We all share responsibility for allowing things to have come this far. Whether we turn our backs or turn a blind eye because it inconveniences us or threatens economic aims is, either way, a horrid reason on our part. This cannot be our world nor our future. We can and need to be agents of positive change. That means giving this situation... and all the ramifications it holds... the attention it deserves, not the kind of attention our industries and even this blog normally brings when viewing cultural shifts and watershed moments in our collective conduct.

We have a chance to change everything. Fashion is having the hard conversation, including diversity at every public turn, but that's not even scratching the surface. We can (and I predict we will) do more. Yes, ultimately all people should be offered an equal place at humanity's table and we need to ensure, in our quest for equality, that we don't initiate reverse discrimination to achieve the overdue fairness for that will only encourage backlash and bring us right back to where we've now been a few times. But for now, giving the platform to those who are speaking up and hurting the most is an apt start. Fashion Observed asks for you to talk and continue to talk among each other, to awaken us all so we know where we stand, where we need to be, the distance between those two points and the way to get to the more enlightened one. Fashion Observed asks you to listen to those living this reality, for they are speaking. They are sharing it all on social media. See it. Acknowledge it. And do something, anything to make this a better world beyond posting a few platitudes to appear woke. Be the change we want to be.

Fashion leads. Fashion influences. This needs us together. Somewhere there is a win-win. Let's crowdsource what that can and should be. If you have resources to share, please post them for us to disseminate in our comments section or do so on Instagram (link is in heading) when this article announcement gets posted. Thank you.

PS Thanks to SumofUs for these suggestions we've co-opted as starting points):

"The Skin We're In" by Desmond Cole

"Bread Out of Stone" by Dionne Brand

Donate: No One is Illegal

And off our Twitter feed:

Donate: Black Lives Matter - UK Support

30 Say something....

Posted by Shirleen:

So much hate these days, not just blacks but Asians now too and trans. This world is going insane.

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Sunday, April 4th 2021 @ 9:45 AM

Posted by Kandy:

Write your government, push for support.

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Wednesday, March 31st 2021 @ 3:02 PM

Posted by Raquel:

There are a lot of online resources, so I suggest a quick google to whatever is local, also buy from black businesses.

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Wednesday, March 31st 2021 @ 12:29 AM

Posted by Monica:

So much anger in our world over skin colour, it's too much!

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Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 @ 5:53 AM

Posted by Jannie:

A lot more healthy skepticism is a good thing for fashion right now.

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Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 @ 1:42 AM

Posted by Mikayla:

Let's hope for more love and peace. 🙏🙏🙏

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Sunday, March 21st 2021 @ 12:08 PM

Posted by Roderick:

I let my dollars do the much needed work. Support black-owned businesses.

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Thursday, March 11th 2021 @ 6:51 PM

Posted by Raphael:

Did anyone read that New York Times article? I don't understand why supporting diversity is so hard.

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Wednesday, March 10th 2021 @ 7:50 PM

Posted by Buck:

We are the solution, indeed.

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Sunday, March 7th 2021 @ 12:36 AM

Posted by Elijah:

Pretty section of content. I found this link and maybe it's helpful?
https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/supporting-black-lives-matter

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Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 @ 10:22 AM

Posted by Birgit:

Definitely believe that which you stated. I support black owned business.

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Sunday, February 28th 2021 @ 6:20 PM

Posted by Sandy:

I looked online. The US seems to have this problem most so here's something that should help them: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/

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Monday, February 22nd 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Posted by Angus:

It looks like there is so much fighting everywhere. People fighting against each other because one wants to have more power over another and color seems like an easy almost lazy way to do it. We all must try harder to fight this ugliness.

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Thursday, February 11th 2021 @ 10:33 AM

Posted by Cecilia:

We have to keep making this important and not stop until we see equal rights and equality everywhere.

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Thursday, February 11th 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Posted by Lavonda:

As others have said, the issues in the US have not gone away. It depends where you are but we have lots of work to achieve the kind of peace we crave.

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Monday, February 8th 2021 @ 1:47 AM

Posted by Randi:

I live in the US, there still lots of tension, lots of it racial too.

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Thursday, February 4th 2021 @ 4:58 PM

Posted by Danny:

I hear talk about diversity, lots of skinny people though, not much body diversity in this lockdown

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Wednesday, February 3rd 2021 @ 6:15 PM

Posted by Jeffery:

Hi there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your writing about how our world affects fashion. Very fascinating indeed.

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Saturday, January 30th 2021 @ 11:03 PM

Posted by Alejandra:

Learning about white privilege. We are messed up.

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Thursday, January 28th 2021 @ 7:48 AM

Posted by Werner:

I know this is a global problem but the USA looks like it's got a lot more of this problem.

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Wednesday, January 27th 2021 @ 8:56 AM

Posted by Efrain:

I feel unhappy reading about all this. Our world is going insane but what more can we do?

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Friday, January 22nd 2021 @ 2:34 AM

Posted by Agnes:

Support is sorely needed, it's a big problem. #blacklivesmatter

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Wednesday, December 30th 2020 @ 6:54 PM

Posted by Jonah:

Fashion needs to better represent. This blog is right on that.

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Monday, December 14th 2020 @ 6:28 PM

Posted by Glenn:

I agree with a few other posters here, it's good we are talking but talk is not enough. There's a lot of hate out there.

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Sunday, November 22nd 2020 @ 2:52 PM

Posted by Joseph:

I'm glad we're having a conversation on this.

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Friday, November 6th 2020 @ 9:44 AM

Posted by Roy:

Fashion's going to have to do more than add a few models.

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Wednesday, November 4th 2020 @ 2:10 PM

Posted by Kandis:

Will this be a fad or will we see real changes?

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Friday, October 23rd 2020 @ 6:25 AM

Posted by Gilbert:

Diversity will win, I see changes in the air. #BLM

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Sunday, October 18th 2020 @ 10:25 PM

Posted by Virgil:

Hey all, I found this online, anything to help.

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co

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Thursday, October 15th 2020 @ 2:47 PM

Posted by Sheree:

In fact when someone doesn't understand after that its up to other
people to help. Here is where it happens. We need to understand to help!!! #BLM

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Wednesday, October 14th 2020 @ 12:53 PM

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