“It’s not black owned, it’s white owned jewelry,” said K.J. Johnson, an organizer of the Black owned jewelry event, as he walked past the jewelry store.
Johnson said the jewelry he was wearing was owned by a black man, who had not been identified.
“This is a good way to get to know people,” Johnson said, noting the event is also designed to educate white people about race relations.
“We’re here to celebrate, to have fun, to meet people.
We’re here for fun.
We want to help.
We don’t want to be told we’re bad people.
This is our way of saying, ‘Hey, look at us.'”
The Black owned event at the jewelry shop comes amid rising concerns about racism in the Black community, and some are urging people to avoid wearing jewelry that looks or feels like a Black person.
In August, a Black woman was fatally shot in Chicago by a white man who called her a “pig.”
Police found a gun in her apartment and said the shooting was accidental.
Last month, the New York Times published an article about how “the racialized images and practices of Black-owned jewelry companies” are hurting the Black people who work in the industry.
The article found that the industry’s owners have an average age of 45, a median income of $1,400 a year, and have no college degrees.
It also noted that Black men earn just $1.46 per hour compared to their white counterparts.
Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that called for a “Department of Justice” investigation into how the “corporate culture and practices” of Black owned companies have “damaged the lives of Black Americans, especially Black women.”
The White House has also pushed for increased investment in Black owned businesses, including in education and job training.