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ANNA, IT'S TIME TO ABDICATE THE THRONE

Anna Wintour, queen of racial equality, says Biden should pick a black woman as his running mate

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NEW YORK CITY - Anna Wintour, American Vogue’s editor-in-chief, dripping in complicity, published an article on Vogue’s website on May 30th, titled “Joe Biden Should Choose a Woman of Color to Be His Vice President - and He Should Do It Now.” Such a statement was welcomed from a woman who let 29 years pass before she hired a black woman to shoot the cover of Vogue, the first in the magazine’s 125-year history. Photographer Tyler Mitchell photographed Beyoncé for the September 2018 cover.

 

It was a strong sentiment from a woman with a behemoth of a platform, and of influence, who has a track record of close to zero when it comes for standing up for injustices. Radio silence on sexual predator photographers, a virtue-signaling endorsement of Hillary in 2016, shelling out stacks for Pete Buttigieg, only because he was a candidate who promised to keep the pockets of people like Wintour undisturbed, and untaxed.

 

The statement was received with an invisible amount of praise. Many dismissed her opinion as she is the editor of a fashion magazine. However this brings up a question that has been avoided for far too long: is it time to usher in change through those who perch atop the world in such positions of power?

 

Not virtue signaling nepotism lovers, a la Edward Enninful, who let a Duchess (Meghan Markle) put her celebrity friends on the cover labeling them as “forces of change” all while taking tax dollars to renovate her mansion. And, a few months later, plasters the faces of key workers (tax payers!) on the cover: attention they deserve, but a hollow action nonetheless. Enninful has also rightfully diversified British Vogue's office, but they continue to push the same narative. We need someone entirely knew.

 

Less than a week after her article was published Wintour was typing up an apology for running a Vogue for 32 years that thrives off of discrimination. André Leon Talley, fashion journalist and former editor-at-large of Vogue has long seen through Wintour's facade. He recently referred to her as "a colonial dame". Wintour, after the mass exodus of racist editors from around the country (read here) wrote a public letter attempting to explain away her faulty leadership. 

 

She wrote, "I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, and other creators. It can't be easy to be a Black employee at Vogue and there are too few of you. I know that it is not enough to say we will do better, but we will - and please know that I value your voices and responses as we move forward."  

Wintour had 32 years to come to this realization. 32 years. Like any good tyrant, they seek mercy when they fear the loss of their power. 

It’s time to abdicate the throne, Anna.