Slavery is not fashion forward.
We just found out that ready-to-wear clothing company Mango has recently launched a "slave" jewelry line (branded "slave" on their French website, see picture above). Made out of chains, these designs are turning slavery into a fancy fashion statement.
Mango's collection thus normalizes tragic historical events that to this day continue to impact the lives of millions throughout the globe.
For the record, the trading of slaves and the institution of slavery have impacted dozens of millions of victims and led to irreversible family tragedies, as well as depriving the African continent from its most valid beings.
The kidnapping, deportation and forced labor of these human beings have been
accompanied by unspeakable violence: blows, maiming, rapes, murders etc.
The consequences of these actions are visible to this day, the descendants of slaves are constituting the poorest populations of the former slave-holding powers.
This explains why, in 2001 France voted the Taubira law which states that: " The French Republic recognizes both the transatlantic and Indian Ocean slave trade, on the one hand, and slavery itself, on the other, (…), as constituting crimes against humanity."
By turning this crime against humanity into mere fashion accessories, Mango greatly fails to meet the ethical standards that such a brand ought to uphold.
Slavery is a tragedy. It is not the latest trend for excitement-seeking fashionistas.
Its gravity needs to be respected.
With this petition, we demand that Mango withdraws the totality of its "slave" jewelry line, and that apologies be made for wounding, through their designs, the memory of slavery's victims, along with their descendants and all lovers of human dignity.
Aissa Maiga, Sonia Rolland, Rokhaya Diallo, ISABELLE BONI-CLAVERIE started this petition with a single signature, and now has 8,919 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.