I’ll admit, when I first heard of this I was surprised–pleasantly. I honestly never thought that Essence would hire a Caucasian woman, I thought it was one of those self-perpetuating magazines who catered to their demographic in every possible way…but apparently they’re not, and this makes me have some faith that someday this entire country will be “color blind” when it comes to skin color.
Well, I had that faith until the backlash started. Black writer Michaela Angel Davis tweeted: “It is with a heavy, heavy, heart I have learned that Essence magazine has engaged a white fashion director, this hurts, literally, spiritually.”
Racism, racial profiling, stereotyping and prejudice are never going to stop in this country until people learn to STFU (for lack of a better Internet abbreviation). I, and millions of other people, don’t care if you’re white, black, brown or purple. Be a kind individual and we’ll be friends. Be self-righteous like Davis and we’re not going to get along.
I know what many will say, “You’re a white girl, you don’t understand the plight of the black woman in this country…”
I get it. Your ancestors were enslaved. You and your family have probably had to deal with bigots. The fashion industry ignored you for years until magazines like Essence came along to level the playing field–but what makes you think that Placas can’t do the job she was hired to do? Because she’s white? That seems like a feeble claim to me and KIND of racist.
She wouldn’t have been hired if the higher-ups at Essence didn’t feel she could do the job–they’re not going to intentionally sabotage their own magazine. She must know SOMETHING about black culture and fashion or at least be willing to delegate to those who do know more than her.
Be fair. The only thing she’s done “wrong” so far is be born white. Give her a FAIR shot at the job and see what happens. Put this behind you…pretend she’s black if you must, but at least give her a chance to fail (or succeed) before you’re demanding a recall.
Claiming that someone can’t have a job because they’re white is just as bad as denying them one for being black. It’s the SAME THING. Yes, it’s a “black magazine” but it was started in opposition to Vogue and now Vogue has black models, editors, writers.
I’m not saying that Essence should change its premise, it’s always good for cultures to be pinned down and celebrated, just don’t hate on the white girl because she wants to partake in the festivities.
Look at THIS story. A black Florida teenager is accused of attacking a white man for listening to rap. This is my point…Why can’t we all share and get along? It’s disgusting.