Some students on campus were puzzled by the message when it first appeared.
Alegria Martinez, a resident assistant at Pitzer and an active member of the school’s Latinx Student Union then claimed credit for the message by emailing a rambling, race-based fashion manifesto to all 1,062 Pitzer students :
“[T]he art was created by myself and a few other WOC [women of color] after being tired and annoyed with the reoccuring [sic] theme of white women appropriating styles … that belong to the black and brown folks who created the culture. The culture actually comes from a historical background of oppression and exclusion. The black and brown bodies who typically wear hooped earrings, (and other accessories like winged eyeliner, gold name plate necklaces, etc) are typically viewed as ghetto, and are not taken seriously by others in their daily lives. Because of this, I see our winged eyeliner, lined lips, and big hoop earrings serving as symbols [and] as an everyday act of resistance, especially here at the Claremont Colleges. Meanwhile we wonder, why should white girls be able to take part in this culture (wearing hoop earrings just being one case of it) and be seen as cute/aesthetic/ethnic. White people have actually exploited the culture and made it into fashion.”
Martinez’s Facebook likes include Seventeen Magazine, Netflix, Socialist Alternative DMV, Wikileaks, Eyeliner Addict and, of course, Vox.
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