At first I couldn't believe it...how could there not be a group for black designers?! Well I had no time to really ponder the issue because Sonja and I were soon inviting the other women and planning how to attract more members. We started throwing ideas back and forth about ways to promote the group, the groups aim and purpose and how to handle any drama that would follow.
Now someone reading this will think...what drama can happen just because you started a group. For that person I'll share a email I received today from a non-black jewelry maker.
Now, I'm at a loss on how to answer this. I don't understand how something as simple as black women jewelers forming a group to talk shop means we're...or should I say "I" want to alienate non-blacks?! Lets be real here...I come across information and projects that are race specific. If a company is looking for a "black" designer or is offering an incentive for the "black" creative community then what would be the point of me posting this info in a non-black group? It's best to have a place where this info will reach the intended community. That's my view of the issue. Since this is a group issue I'll ask the group and see what they say about this...but I wish people would respect other people choices.