Originally Posted by LabelKing
That outfit would have been outrageous even in the '70s.
I think I made a rather clear point of the socio-economic ramifications that would contextualize the relative "flamboyance" of the attire.
It is a question of wealth and status. I once read that Steve Harvey's multi-buttoned suits were a sort of epitome for some people to reach, which became unpopular due to the rap culture glamourizing platinum chains and Burberry and now the trend is for the Puff Daddy look of a pseudo-aristocratic genre.
Really, I dislike the aura of mawkish political correctness surrounding anything approaching race.
OK: the guy in the first picture is wearing what can objectively be described as "a ridiculous getup." On the other hand, the picture was taken during an era of outrageous male attire - worn by all races - and at a public event - a heavyweight championship match - where showbizzy, "red carpet" attire would not be out of place. Consequently that particular picture is of no value as a paradigm of Black sartorial taste.
In total contrast, the people in the second picture are, as I pointed out, simply well-dressed People. They look good in those outfits not "because" they're Black, not "in spite of" being Black, but because their clothes are, objectively, elegant.
My original objection - which wasn't actually meant to be PC - was to the idea that a stupid costume, that would be risible if worn by a White American, somehow is deemed appropriate for wear by a Black American.
I don't think it's unjustified to suggest that that is at best a patronizing attitude.