So here goes...Black. When I type in the word "black" in my browser, it gives me options about the color black but also black lives matter, black people unite, black panther, black mass, black widow spider etc. I'll focus on the color for a minute.
Black is the darkest color and is the result of the absence or complete absorption of light. It is literally a color without a hue. In Europe and North America it is the color associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, force, violence, evil and elegance.
I wonder how one color can have so many meanings? If a person wears black, they could be considered to be in mourning or maybe they are depressed? or maybe goth? or maybe they are a bigger person and they are trying to look slimmer? or maybe if it's a dress with heels, they are going for a more elegant Breakfast at Tiffany's look?
Or growing up in the Baptist church, there was a song that went something like this "My heart was black with sin until the savior came in"... Secrets. Sin. Deceit. Darkness. Evil. Something being hidden. Now the color is associated with something completely different.
Black. The word "black" is also used to describe a person's color or someone whose skin is darker. We hear the words "Black Lives Matter" all the time now. Some people would say "All Lives Matter" but I disagree. How can all lives matter when black lives don't? While I am not here to be politically correct, or incorrect for that matter, I am here to share my feelings and my take on the topic. Coming from a so-called "white" perspective, should I love someone less because of the color of their skin? Do we not all bleed the same? Are we not all human beings? I am deeply saddened by all of the tragic events that are happening around us. This is 2016. Wake up! How can a progressive country such as ours still be fighting for the rights of black people?
Why do I have to explain to my son about how black males are losing their lives because of the color of their skin? What makes a black man so much more dangerous than a white man? Why do we see a child being killed because he was black but white children get a slap on the wrist? Ridiculous. I watched a recent video and a black man was saying that he had to teach his children to respond politely and correctly to police to avoid any misunderstandings. To be clear, all children and all grown adults no matter what color you are should be responding appropriately to authority. The man went on to say that the goal wasn't to not get arrested but it was to make it home at the end of the day. Wow. Heartbreaking.
It is sad to me that this is the world that we live in today. We live in a society that definitely judges a book by its cover. It seems like it used to be more based on physical appearance like weight or hairstyle or clothing. Those were the days.
So many people are coming out and giving their opinions and sharing their two cents. I've been quiet long enough. I live and work in an area that has black people all around me. People close to me are black. Black lives do matter.
Black. Black is also associated with elegance. Coco Chanel published a drawing of a simple black dress in Vogue magazine back in 1926. She and other designers contributed to the trend of the LBD or Little Black Dress. Women everywhere have one in their closets. It's a necessity in my opinion. It can be dressed up or down and can be accessorized so many different ways.
Here's a little black look that is something different for me. It's a cropped top with tulle in the front and back all along the bottom. I paired it with black pleather pants and heels and have my beautiful leopard clutch.
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Pants- Walmart (old last year)
Heels- Kohl's (old)
Clutch- Talbot's (last year)
Black. Classy, sophisticated, elegant.
Black. Evil, secretive, deceitful.
How we look at something or someone can change the world.
I hope you enjoyed today's post. I challenge you to look around you with open eyes and view the world differently.
Thanks for reading and following along with me!