Posted on January 28 2012
” We are not one monolithic group to be written about like zoo animals.”
It couldn’t have been said better.
The Elle France article made me think of Chimamanda Adichie’s speech for Ted Talks titled, “A single story.” It describes the danger of telling a single story of a people, which I think may just happen for black people more than any other race. The Elle France article highlights how narrow minded fashion magazines can be. I can write a never ending list of Black Style Icons from the last 100 years. Martin Luther King, Zora Neale Hurston, Donayale Luna and Hailee Selassie come to mind. The mistake this writer made, which makes her look incredibly ignorant is to stereotype a whole race using notions that are completely baseless. It just makes her and her editors at Elle look stupid, un-intelligent and unsophisticated. Since she lacked knowledge to write this article and refused to do any sort of research I’ve taken it upon myself to help her.