Headshot-of-Oprah-Winfrey.Courtesy-of-Harpo-IncOprah Winfrey’s discrimination experience in Zurich, Switzerland, is a reminder that the world is not the post-racial neverland that some people thought. Winfrey being racially profiled in a high-end retail store should make us introspective and examine  our desire to acquire coveted items, like the Tom Ford Jennifer bag. We purchase these baubles, only increasing the net worth of those who could care less about the economic choke hold individuals put themselves in just to prove they are not part of or are above the “have-nots.”

Tom Ford's Jennifer crossbody bag in leather.

Tom Ford’s Jennifer crossbody bag in leather.

These coveted designer bags on the arms of African American women are owned by companies that don’t advertise in Ebony or ESSENCE. They don’t make contributions to Spelman College. These companies aren’t inviting multiethnic outlets to their fashion shows and brown faces are rarely seenon their runways.

The retail store in Zurich didn’t just deny Oprah a bag; they denied her the dignity and respect she deserved.

Ginza Tanaka 1-9 million diamond bag

Ginza Tanaka 1-9 million diamond bag

LV patchwork bag 48K

LV patchwork bag $48K

Hermes 65K

Hermes $65K

Chanel Diamond Forever Tote bag 261K

Chanel Diamond Forever Tote bag $261K

Judith Leiber bags up to 42 carat jewels cost up to 90K

Judith Leiber bags up to 42 carat jewels cost up to 90K

Gadino Bag 40K 18K gold hardware and 39 diamond clasp
Lana Marks Bag 100K

Lana Marks Bag 100K

Munson Steed

Founder and publisher of rolling out's parent company Steed Media Group.

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