Label slave is talking about the African American community being affected in a negative way by labels. The labels that I speak of are exactly what you may think from Gucci to Alexander McQueen. Usually labels are worn for fashion, to look nice and/or to express that one has expensive taste.Those within the African American community use labels to cover up their insecurities and to make a statement. The statement that is being made is stating, "I have this but you don't". These labels are making the African American community become slaves. African Americans constantly want the next best thing from clothes to technology. As far as clothes they want anything that says Gucci, Burberry, Michael Kors, Hermes, YSL (Yves Saint Laurent), Chanel and etc. Next, as far as technology if an African American sees that you have a METRO PCS phone and not the updated version of the iPhone or the iPad, in their mind they believe they are better than you. The sad part about this whole topic is that the African American community cannot pronounce these labels. Then they would spend the last portion of their money on something materialistic instead of having a roof over their head. This generation is growing up to think that having the most labels and having an updated phone gets them somewhere in life. My grandmother and father once told me, "The most gold is in the projects". What this statement is implying is that a person who doesn't have much will do anything to have the best next thing to impress others but still in the same dysfunctional situation. Think about a broke African American man and white rich man. A broke African American man will wear a Burberry shirt , True Religion Jeans and Prada sneakers. Instead of his expenses going towards necessities they are going towards wants. The more is expenses goes toward his wants, the less money he will have to put towards his goals. The African American man is so caught up in impressing others that he doesn't realize he needs to work up to the next level instead staying in the same spot. Next, is the white rich man. As we know getting rich takes times and we have to go through obstacles to get where we want in life. The white man has worked all of his life his young life to get where his is in his adult life. While he worked towards his goals, material things were the last thing on his mind. Now that he is rich, he know that he can get whatever he wants but he knows the VALUE of money. Because he knows the value of money, he knows that his necessities are for more important than material things.
I asked two friends of mine Imani Briscoe and Andred for their opinions and there they are:
Imani Briscoe- "My opinion on this topic "Label Slaves" is that our generation has become so consumed by the prospect of owning the latest fad that we lost sight of the qualities that make each and every person unique. Labels are and have been for quite some time shackled the mind. They have led people to think with a singular mindset that we need what everyone else or we have to what everyone else needs. The consumerism of our generation can be seen as a addiction. For all intense purposes it is an addiction that is mainly fueled by media. When represented with the prospect of speaking on the topic of "Label Slaves". One of my first thoughts were how it compared to a film I had just recently watched. "The Hunger Games". The games true purpose was a distraction to those living in poverty so that they would not cause an uprising because without distraction of the game they would see all of the pitfalls of those in charge and demand better treatment and rights. Now replace the games with the labels and you have almost the same issue. The ability for those in poverty to afford clothes or merchandise that the rich and famous have is just a gimmick to make us feel as though we have been induced into the upper class of society. But there is a heroine to save the day and her name is thrifting. With the rise in popularity of thrift shopping in vintage clothing, many people have created their own style that helps express their individuality".
From Andred's point of view he isn't the type to wear labels because he can do something better with his money. There is nothing wrong with wearing labels but people wear them for the wrong reasons. People wear them for other people. Men specifically do wear them for women to be attracted and to tell the next what they have. If you take three people that shop at Marshall's, people wouldn't know what they have on unless they look at the label, Anybody can go to Marshall's but there is that one person out of those three people who has to have the label. In reality people wear labels to show off and not for themselves.
Praise God and Stay Humble.
My name is Kennedie. I am a young woman still learning the ways of the world and how to manage. I am currently pursuing a degree in Mass Media. My purpose in creating my blog is to inspire others and to share as well as receive different points of view.