From the sleeves to the cut, Zoot suits dominated as the Blackest and most stylish clothing in the 1930s and 40s. But when they drew too much attention to those who wore them, they quickly became a symbol of Black solidarity.
Zoot suits were a fashion and power statement, and they remind us of an important truth: What we wear isn’t the issue. White terrorism is. We must continue to protect ourselves and stand in solidarity with others trying to get free.