While fellow editor Anna North was looking through Urban Outfitters' online catalog, she noticed that one of the shirts for sale was being marketed under two color combinations: "White/Charcoal" and "Obama/Black." Yes, really. [UrbanOutfitters]
Urban Outfitters outfits American children of the suburbs (who, because they live in the suburbs, never see a real black person, and thus only understand black culture through watching professional sports, listening to rap music, and watching reruns of The Cosby Show), using Chinese slave laborers to produce their urban-style outfits. Thus, the company’s connection to black culture is only a tangentially ironic one that certainly does not qualify it to make cheeky references to Obama being black.