Vogue Italia recently published a post called Slave Earrings on the Shop The Trend section of their website, saying...
"Jewellery has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops.
If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern Unites States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom. Colored stones, symbolic pendants and multiple spheres. And the evolution goes on."
Needless to say I am deeply disgusted, but not surprised. I've never been a huge fan of any edition of Vogue(except for the occasional British Vogue), they always seem a bit dry and out of touch to me. You can read the actual post and comments here.