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Using Black Art While Failing Black Artists

Black artists, models, designers and other creative professionals say they have been used to lend legitimacy to diversity campaigns while being underpaid and pigeonholed.

In an open letter to Microsoft and McCann, Ms. Martin and the other artists described the invitation as “both shocking and somehow predictable.” They also wrote that it “betrays a telling and dangerous opportunism.”

“In their rush to portray a public solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, companies risk reinscribing what got us all here: the instrumentalization and exploitation of Black labor, ideas and talent for what is ultimately their own benefit and safety,” the group wrote.