MAXWELL OSBORNE PENS AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

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One half of the design duo at Public School and DKNY, Maxwell Osborne has penned a heartfelt open letter for W Magazine in which he opens up and shows his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. In it he also touches on the recent murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Check out the letter below.

As a black man in an overwhelmingly white industry, race is never far from my mind. But the Black Lives Matter movement has underscored the still astounding disparities African Americans face – at their homes, at their places of business, at the voting booth. While the civil rights movement has made incredible strides, the statistics continue to be staggering: One in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime; black criminal offenders are more likely to get longer sentences than their white counterparts; young African Americans are two fifths of all youth inmates.

Stand with Black Lives Matter. Go out and educate yourself and learn how you can help and join the conversation as an active participant and not just as a passive, if well-meaning, observer. Encourage diversity on your runways and campaigns. Empower your social media fans to raise their voices. Use your designs for the public good. Attend a protest and see change in action. Raise awareness – it’s not as empty a gesture as it may seem – and others will follow your lead.

Read the full letter here.