This year’s somber State of the Union fashion, explained.

At this year’s State of the Union, chances are you’ll notice more people wearing black clothing than usual. The 65 members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group and their supporters — potentially including some men and even, perhaps, some Republicans — will be wearing black in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse.

And members of the Congressional Black Caucus will be wearing small red pins in honor of Recy Taylor, the civil rights hero who died in late December. Taylor was abducted and raped in 1944, and although two all-white juries refused to indict her rapists, she continued to speak out against them and for justice throughout her life.

The plan echoes the all-black red carpet of this year’s Golden Globes, at which attendees donned black outfits and Time’s Up pins to speak out against Hollywood’s systemic abuse of women. It also revisits the protest the Democratic Women’s Working Group held at last year’s congressional address by Trump, in which they all wore suffragette white to sit behind Trump.

“We really felt that the only real statement we could make sitting as a block in the State of the Union was with the color of our clothing,” Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) told Racked.

“What we’re trying to establish is a uniformity of solidarity,” Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) said. “The prominent way of doing that is to agree to wear the same color.”

There’s a reason women keep turning again and again to fashion to make a statement for them when they’re in public: It’s effective, and it’s been effective for a long time. The idea draws on a long Read More Here