“Slave earrings”: Fabulously racist fashion jewelry

Nothing like starting the week off with some racism-inspired earrings to decorate these lobes!

First, it was plantation weddings, now it’s “slave earrings.” Apparently making a mockery of slavery is so chic these days that Vogue Italia decided to highlight it as the newest fashion craze:

Jewellery has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops.

If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern Unites States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom Colored stones, symbolic pendants and multiple spheres. And the evolution goes on.

It’s truly baffling how any fashion designer could come to the conclusion that we’re apparently SO “post-racial” that racism-as-fashion-trend would be a huge hit. I swear, it’s like Mugatu is a real person. But unfortunately, racism has actually been par for the course in modern fashion for a while now.

Fortunately for us, we can hold the assholes who support it accountable.

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