The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has issued a statement addressing the racism in the United States, and how it affects the fashion industry.
“Black people in this country are reeling from years of injustice stemming from institutional constructs such as slavery, segregation, mass incarceration, police brutality and economic and voter suppression… Having a clear voice and speaking out against racial injustice, bigotry and hatred is the first step, but this is not enough…Our industry is in pain and it is not enough to simply say that we stand in solidarity with those who are discriminated against. We must do something…”
As the statement continues, the CFDA noted that they will create various initiatives:
- The CFDA will create an in-house employment program speciﬁcally charged with placing Black talent in all sectors of the fashion business to help achieve a racially balanced industry. This program will be tasked with identifying Black creatives and pairing these individuals with companies looking to hire.
- The CFDA will also create a mentorship program and an internship program focused on placing Black students and recent graduates within established companies in the fashion sector.
- The CFDA will implement and make available to our members a Diversity and Inclusion training program.
- We will make immediate contributions and take up fundraising activities in support of charitable organizations aimed at equalizing the playing ﬁeld for the Black community such as, but not limited to the NAACP and Campaign Zero – amongst others.
Click on their Instagram post below to read their statement in full.