A common response to failed products like the Gucci blackface sweater is that there should have been a Black person “in the room” to save the company from marketing racism. We need to talk what it takes to get into that room and the cost of staying there.
“The national headlines were what we’ve come to expect: bigotry, poverty, injustice, trauma, trouble. I weighed my own feelings of despair and doubt against the idea of reveling in an experience dedicated to optimism. The choice was easy.”