Not only did the Israelis meet with the Palestinians yesterday! Glamour Magazine met with black people. The topic at hand was Ashley Baker, the white former fashion blogger-editor from Kansas who told a bunch of lawyers that Afros and dreadlocks were a corporate "don't", although maybe she didn't exactly say that but either way now she's gone like Yasser Arafat, and yet institutional racism remains. Which is why, as many of the people who attended yesterday's event pointed out, Ashley's alleged statement was actually fairly accurate and pragmatic advice. What to do? No one knows! We weren't invited, but the reviews are in and it sounds like an amiable star-studded gabfest, replete with Veronica Chambers and Court TV's Jami Floyd and moderated by NPR's Farai Chideya, with one notable exception, chronicled by (white) blogger Girlbomb.
Kicked out of prime seat by A/V guy; denied alternate seat by snotty redhead, "waiting for [her] friend."
Who is bitch kidding. Bitch has no friends.
And, like, that would be the main problem: how are white chicks supposed to really confront their own racism if they can't even acknowledge their own inhumanity to other white chicks? Can't we all just get along, etc? Seriously though, if you want to know more, Girlbomb dutifully paraphrased most of what everyone had to say a la:
Panelist Daisy Hernandez of ColorLines: Yeah, that's not really a surprise to the rest of us. So, do you have any non-white chicks working at Glamour, or what? Also, Jami, what's up with your straightened hair?Oh man, your mortgage . Don't tell me it was adjustable-rate! There's a social ill that all races can agree on right about now. Although, as usual, traditionally oppressed minorities are faring lots worse.
Jami: Hey listen, I had to give up a piece of my self to get this job, and it sucks, but I do it, because I have bills to pay, and they are not letting me on Court TV with my 'fro on.
Audience member: But WHY would it matter how you wear your damn hair? Can we just say that it's because people are racist, and that's bullshit?
Jami: Look, white men are in charge. I said I was conflicted about it! Did I mention my mortgage?