The Legacy of Colonialism and a Living Wage

Season 1, Ep. 7

“That’s where the paternalistic, but also the colonialism aspect comes out as well. It’s almost like you are slapping these people in the face and saying I’m sorry but you don’t know what’s good for you, so we’re going to come in and tell you, and if you don’t like it we’ll just go to another country and source our goods there.”

On this episode of Unspun, Christian Smith joins Danielle, Lauren and Catherine for a conversation about the sustainable fashion industry, his thoughts on the white middle class dominance of the space, and the stakeholder engagement needed to make real progress. He reminds the industry that this should be one of the “most diverse job profiles you could ever see,” as we are ensuring sustainability for the “future generations of all people.”

Furthermore, he talks about a people-centered approach that acknowledges the legacies of the past, while seeking solutions that empower garment workers today, through a living wage.

Tune in to listen to our conversation with Christian Smith and follow him @inclusi_.

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