- via Racialicious
Fashion trends are inspired by what designers see in the world and what has been created already. Recently, Urban Outfitters crossed the line of inspiration (and the law) by launching a “Navajo” collection. Not only are they promoting items not made by the Navajo people, but they are breaking the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644).
In response to the merchandise she saw on display in a store in Minneapolis, Sasha Houston Brown penned an open letter to Glen T. Senk, Urban Outfitters’ CEO, on Columbus Day. She wrote:
“All too often industries, sports teams and ignorant individuals legitimize racism under the guise of cultural “appreciation”. There is nothing honorable or historically appreciative in selling items such as the Navajo Print Fabric Wrapped Flask, Peace Treaty Feather Necklace, Staring at Stars Skull Native Headdress T-shirt or the Navajo Hipster Panty. These and the dozens of other tacky products you are currently selling referencing Native America make a mockery of our identity and unique cultures.”
Urban Outfitters has yet to respond to Sasha’s open letter or to the cease and desist letter sent a few months ago by the Navajo Nation Attorney General.
Read Sasha’s full letter on Racialicious.