I’ve been relatively quiet around these parts of the interwebs, but my spirit has called on me to discuss something: Respect for decorum.
Now I’m not a fashionista at all. Not by a long shot. In fact, my motto for getting dressed every day is, “If it’s clean, it fits, and won’t make you look homeless, then wear it.” That’s just my brand.
But I am also well acquainted with respect for decorum. It’s a concept that I did not expect the First Lady of the United States to ever get wrong.
CNN reported on June 21, that First Lady Melania Trump was pictured wearing an olive green jacket while boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base. “I really don’t care. Do you?” was written on the back of the $39 Zara jacket.
The First Lady insists that there were no hidden meanings surrounding her attire. CNN reported,
“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe,” East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN in a statement.”
I would not call the First Lady’s fashion choice a respect for decorum. I will never understand how a former fashion model could forget the power behind dressing for the right occasion, and how that conveys the level of respect you have for the person you are seeing.
The words, “Look like you belong to somebody,” is beaten down into the heads of poor black and Latino kids from the moment they set foot in a church. So much so, that I would bet that one of those locked up kids tried to make themselves presentable for her, given their limited resources. She knows this.
So why does she choose now to shrug her shoulders at the respect for decorum concept? Well as Edgar Allen Poe once put it,
Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear. [link]
Half of what I see is that the First Lady of the United States shrugs her shoulders at wearing the right decorum for the occasion. The other half tells me that she could care even less about respect for the most vulnerable.