Should Michelle Obama have worn a black designer on Inauguration Day? Some think so.
Michelle Obama chose 26-year old designer Jason Wu and Cuban American designer Isabel Toledo for her Inauguration looks. This has gotten members of the Black Artists Association riled up. The group's co-founder, Amnau Eele, told Women's Wear Daily, "It's fine and good if you want to be all 'Kumbaya' and 'We Are the World' by representing all different countries. But ... why not have black designers do something too? This was our moment." Wait a minute. Are we not trying to live in a post-racial world, which is part of the reason we celebrated President Obama's election?? Why then, should there be an issue about the color of her designer, makeup artist or hair stylist. Whatever?! Aren't we trying to get beyond this?
Yes, this was a moment in history that was not just "our moment" as Eele put it, it was a moment for the world as a whole, for our country, for hope, for change. Let's get past the nitty gritty of the color of the designer -- since that is exactly what we are trying to get away from shall we?