COMMENTS: South African Designer Brand Receives Backlash & Threats From African Americans For His Noose Rope Ties

by Nana Tamakloe
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Creative South African designer Daniel behind the Daniel Rope Ties has been putting together some fabulous new fashion accessories for men. With limited ideas on where the next fashion trend or accessory for men will come from, Daniel has managed to exceed this with his latest rope tie inventions.

Daniel Is Not The Normal Designer

Just like the ordinary ties, Daniel has managed to create ties for shirts and suits made from ropes, the unique use of ropes gives much room for new outstanding creative tie designs. However, things have taken an unstable turn for the South African fashion designer when his latest tie look depicted a noose version hanging off the neck.

Daniel Rope Ties Noose Ties

Daniel Rope Ties Noose Ties

A noose is a loop at the end of a rope in which the knot tightens under load and can be loosened without untying the knot. The knot can be used to secure a rope to a post, pole, or animal but only where the end is in a position that the loop can be passed over. – Wikipedia

However, the noose is also a deep-rooted sign of hatred for African Americans that stems from the days of slavery. Hangings were a very common culture of the capitalist sector of white men, where black men, women, and children were hanged on trees by the noose.

The Noose As A Symbol Of Hate

As if ropes around the neck were not already a devastating message to African Americans and a large number of the diaspora, but now creating a noose has sparked the designer to go international but not in a favorable manner.

According to Wikipedia – In the United States, a noose is sometimes left as a message in order to intimidate people, as it was the main object used in segregation-era lynchings. In 2020, a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime was introduced. It is illegal to display a noose in a threatening manner in Virginia,[5] New York and Connecticut.

This was the inspiration behind the legendary song by Billy Holiday titled ‘Strange Fruits’. ‘The lynching of black men in the American South was an all-too-familiar occurrence in the 1930s, even though it rarely made news. So when Billie Holiday had a hit record with the song “Strange Fruit,” it brought attention to this important issue in unusual ways.’

African Americans React To Daniel Rope Ties

American Americans and their African sympathizers took to the designer’s page and stormed his new design with comments showing their disappointment with his creations. See comments below and read further.

These were comments published on the designer’s page. Another pro-black group on facebook published the designer’s work, and the comments were not pleasant.

His Responds To Critics

Although the South African designer isn’t budging, he took to social media to publish today (1st September 2021) a response to those who are not satisfied with his designs stating…..

The rope tie are my work and the motive is to change the past act and the mindset that when people see a rope all they think is suicidal or lynching. I know the history and I’m not here to offend any family been a victim in the days. We need to change that the rope is not only used to take people’s lives but also something good can come out of the same object(rope). I’m not promoting suicidal or saying people should hang themself, those who like the idea will understand and ofcos to some it will look a as bad idea. The USA journalists has been in touch and I explained this work. Past is past and something need to change in the new Generation. It is unfortunate people has been killed by a noose but I am and I’m not evil.

In conclusion

From Africans to another African brother! Not only for the sake of African Americans, or Africans but for the sake of humanity, do the right thing and get rid of the noose ties. It isn’t worth the money, and you don’t wish to make yourself a poster child for those that ponder on stretching division between Africans in Africa and African Americans.

Your country is just pulling out of the zenophobia perception that was created about South African and your ropes are of no help. It may just be a piece of rope to you, but it’s a worldwide symbol of hate to African Americans no matter how insensitive you are to that, this will be the equivalent of someone making fashion statements out of the horrific experience of South Africa’s apartheid. And if you chose not to do anything, we can only hope the South African people will do something about you.

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