Italian Vogue featured the free market in an ironic way this month: “fashion” earrings called “slave” earrings. Naturally the liberal world–in which haute monde fashion thrives, reacted with passionate objection. Why? It was another act of Negro aggression, no doubt, a vicarious campaign carried on by white oedipal liberals. “Slave earrings” insulted the Negro of yesteryear.
In a chorus of outrage, liberals decried the “slave” earrings because the concept is said to belittle human suffering, particularly that of women of color. Liberal women went “intellectually” berserk over the earrings, so that finally Italian Vogue removed the feature from the site, with apologies. (Now there’s the power of the press for you. Of course, the “black” edition of Italian Vogue was some 40,000 short, in 2008, due to the immediate demand for the printed issue. But, no slave earrings in those issues–unless we’re to believe that every “black” woman wearing metal, hoop earrings is a slave.)
In the famous Democrat Senator Harry Reid’s terms, this appears to be just another run-of-the-mill case of the “Negro dialect.” The dialek, as said in the “dialect,” claims all things racial. Make that “all things,” period. It is a pscyho-sociological dialek. It is the greediest, most aggressive claimant in history. It operates like a malignancy. No ‘cell’ of human consciousness or material endeavor is exempt from its uber grasp. All women of color are essentially Negro. All that women wear must be approved by the Negro, according to the dialek.
This grievous and idiotic error is predicated on the naive and completely false notion that all slaves were Negro, and that anything connected with owned labor, or forced labor, is Negro. The Negro owns all aspects of mistreatment. The Negro, that is, the white oedipal liberal, has the right to condemn or approve anything that is “black,” be it word, image, behavior, clothing, or earrings!
But these superficialist liberals don’t understand the nature of fashion itself. True, fashion has indulged many ‘darker’ aspects of human experience, but, that’s the point. To lift the suffering from the pain, to stylize the pain, this might be considered a wondrous effort, no? BadEagle.com has written about Diane von Furstenberg, and her remarkable ability to lift even fashion itself from some abject ego-enslavement to a functional tool in social improvement. These things are not to be wholly ignored–certainly not in the name of protests to the word “slave.”
The ‘dialek’ of oppression is itself enslaving. It determines a most miserable fate for any who speak it. Instead of psychologically cashing in on the idea that any uniqueness in the past history of the American Negro could be regarded as haute couture, as something that could be stylized, and in fact beautiful, the ‘dialek’ must protest. The trend of thought must ever be down. It is the dialek of down.
As if every slave in the world was black, and only black. As if no other people were ever owned and forced to labor at something they may not wish to do. The American Negro “pimps,” be they black or white liberals, want everyone to think that the American Negro slave has the worst lot in the history of the world. Their success as culture pimps depends on that sell. But the facts are far from sell. The Irish and Scots had the worst of it, in those early American days. They were owned by the government. No one cared whether they lived or died. The Negro was private property.
This “slave earring” bit is more ridiculous than the American Indian mascot issue. Haute couture has never really accepted anything American Indian in the way of stylized fashion. But the Negro is highly prized. Shouldn’t the Negro be grateful, or at least cool about it? Liberal whites love to indulge the Negro, but, they can never be so successful with the Indian. The Indian is not so anxious to be loved by the whites. The Indian is simply independent in nature.
And, by the way, where is the white oedipal liberal protest, or the Negro protest, to the Chinese sculptor who created the $120,000 monument to Martin Luther King, Jr? Now there’s one cultural catastrophe that truly belongs in Washington. It represents all that is ill with our country. A yellow foreigner honoring a black import, in white granite. At white American tax payers expense.
But back to the earrings, the “slave” bit really has nothing to do with the Negro. Certainly, as long as white women are modeling the “slave” earrings, the fashion reflects Europe, the Mediterranean, and the precarious glories of the ancient world. That such a great, golden moment in fashion should be tarnished by the Negro dialek is utterly artificial, and piquantly pathetic.
Slavery belongs to the white race. Slave earrings are a white tradition. White people, slave or free, were wearing jewelry before there was any Negro dialek.