My girl, Natalie, brought to my attention that “urban” is being used to refer to Black people, or people of color. She said that she went to K & G (not sure if it was online or brick & mortar), and saw that Sean Jean, Baby Phat and other brands created and worn mostly by African Americans were classified as “urban.”
Generally speaking, Black people tend to come to mind first when color is used. Anyway, I looked up the word urban. Merriam-Webster says urban is “of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city.” The following definition was the first to appear when I did a Google search: what does urban mean?
So, what is my point? In neither of these definitions does it say anything like ‘of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting Black people” or “relating to or concerned with a black populated area.”
This leads me to my next topic.
When I looked up urban gear, Akademics, Baby Phat, LRG, ECKO, Apple Bottom, Coogi, Sean Jean, Rocawear and Dereon were just some of the names that came up. Most of these fashions are equated with Hip Hop.
So, has urban come to mean Black people in general or only when it relates to consumerism?
Somebody talk to me.