Salehe Bembury, the VP of Sneakers & Men’s Footwear at Versace…was profiled yesterday in Beverly Hills for simply, walking across the street with a Versace bag. He took to his Instagram to record the encounter.
As our fingers hurriedly clicked the video, our hearts sank watching. Salehe, a black man, who works extremely hard at creating some of the premier sneaker designs in the fashion industry was grazed with the knife of racism. What went from a simple trip of visiting the Amiri and Versace store in Beverly Hills turned into a nightmare of what could have potentially taken the LIFE of one of the world’s favorite sneaker designers. We can only thank God that it didn’t go any further than this. But doesn’t that just sadly come with the territory of being a Black person in America? Breonna. Floyd. Trayvon. Elijah. Breonna. Sandra. Philando. And the list goes on. #OurBlackLivesDontMatter
The Officer in the background can be heard saying “Now what you’re doing is making it a completely different narrative.”
The famous words say:
Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga
We are reminded as Black people that no matter how high we climb up the ranks in this country founded on the backs of our ancestors, our skin color will seemingly always provide some type of barrier. And this particular situation, for individuals who don’t see their black friends as black because of their money or status…still nigga. Our hearts go out to Salehe because he truly did not deserve this.
For the privileged fashion enthusiasts, if this is what it took for you to see that the system is unfair to black people then so be it. But please everybody, make sure you cast your ballots November 3rd. Joe Biden and Kamala may not be the ideal candidates but anything is better than what we have. We just have to keep allowing our voices to be heard. If you stay in Florida, here is a resource to check on Election info which includes: the status of your Vote-By-Mail ballot, Voter Registration, Early Voting and the General Election. Floridians, we play a major role in how this thing swings in November!
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