Just as the Black Lives Matter movement has disembarked a new discussion over rights of colored people, particularly blacks and the system’s injustices that has been going on for centuries, many prominent celebrities have come forward to acknowledge their mistakes on not playing a part in bringing change. The latest among them in Vogue magazine’s editor in chief Anna Wintour who issued an apology in an internal email sent to her employees this week.
“I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers, and other creators,” said Wintour in the email originally published in the New York Times.
“We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant,” the media personality further wrote, “I take full responsibility for those mistakes.”
Wintour said that while now is the “time of listening, reflection, and humility for those of us in positions of privilege and authority” it “also should be a time of action and commitments”.
“On a corporate level, work is being done to support organisations in a real way. These actions will be announced as soon as possible,” she said.
Recently many editors and media personalities have had to take a step backward as proof of their racism and/or insensitive remarks from the past have surfaced. Earlier, Anna’s colleague from Conde Nast where she is the artistic director and global content adviser, also resigned over a controversy involving black employees.
Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appetit, one of the subsidiaries of Conde Nast had to resign after a photo of him in blackface surfaced. Similarly, Christene Barberichtop editor and co-founder of the lifestyle site Refinery29 had to resign as former employees accused her organization of discrimination and toxicity against people of color.