In hindsight, maybe they could have broken everybody in with a Fergie cover. Ellianna Placas in September will become the Little Rock Nine of Essence Magazine when she begins her stint as Fashion Director for the prestige “black” magazine. Some black women are sweating through their Fashion Fair make up, fuming at the decision to hire Ellianna. Clutch Magazine released a statement saying
As the publication unofficially deemed “Essence’s little sister”–a growing young urban women’s online brand for news, critical commentary, lifestyle, fashion and beauty–it felt like our Mom walked us hand in hand to the center of the biggest shopping mall in the state, turned around, and left us. But we are no longer the little girls eyeballing the glossy giant who taught us how to love ourselves.
Really? Are people still so obsessed with race that they feel a white woman isn’t competent or “black” enough to add insight to fashion editorials for a women’s interest magazine? Who would they rather have, “tacky” Tina Knowles as fashion director? Would it be fine with the black consensus if Kimora Lee stamped her Baby Phat kitten emblem alongside the Essence name? These are the same readers that flipped their lace fronts when Essence featured Reggie Bush on the cover of their February Valentine/Love issue because he was dating Kim Kardashian at the time. These black women show their insecurity, hypocrisy, and jealousy by harboring on old stereotypes and actually becoming stereotypes by their disapproval of interracial dating and social integration. How can these women in good conscience reject a white fashion director when our fellow (and mostly white) Americans have elected a black president?
Exclusively associating with people of your own race is not only detrimental to your development in a multi cultural world, it truly excludes you from wonderful experiences and friendships. I personally share a Cher and Dionne-esque vibe with my best friend, a white chick from Memphis, TN who is my soul sister. We have many more similarities than we do differences, yet the differences we share have never negatively affected our relationship. If not anything it gives us a soundboard to air our cultural differences and questions about the opposite race. Racial exclusion is cosigning the ideas of extremists who practiced and promoted Jim Crow laws and advocates of separate but equal establishments for blacks and whites. Funny how these prejudiced blacks forget about the white people who had dogs sicked on them by police, marched with blacks on Washington and in Selma, and pushed for legislation to change the laws in this country. Are these black women so angry because they are not attracted to white men at black men for dating white women that they have adopted unjust racial bias against the fellowship of sisterhood?
I am sure that Ellianna Placas, a former O Magazine staffer, is more than capable of handling her new job. I hope that she is welcomed by the staff and readers as a contributing member of a team and brand that has taught women of all colors beauty, class, and elegance. Clutch Magazine should be taken to task for race baiting unnecessarily in these times volatile racial climates. Their feelings of being threatened by the choice of Essence Magazine to hire a white fashion director seems like attention whoreism more than a legitimate racial gripe.
Say black versus white, we off that
Please tell Bill O’Reilly to fall back
Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls
This 2010 not 1864
Yeah we come so far
So I drive around town hard top and its off
And my Tribeca loft with my high brow and my high yellow broad
And my dark skin sis and my best white mate say whats up to Chris
Hows that for a mix
Got a black president, got green presidents
Blue prints in my white iPod
Black diamonds in my Jesus piece, my God
We ain’t tripping off that
This is a Benetton ad, (we) been up off that
Off That- Jay Z
Jolynne and I, the 2010 Cher and Dionne