Youth of color, their clothes and stereotypes

Those of us who know kids, have kids, were kids, understand that the way kids dress is not necessarily indicative of anything about them.  Right?  But lots of people, since the dawn of time, have judged teens on what they wear, and have come to certain conclusions about them.

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So this picture of Andy Lopez looks, to me, kind of thuggish.  Why is it the one always used in the paper and articles?  If Andy were a white kid, do you think that’d be the stock image or would it be this:

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Do you think the beanie picture fits people’s stereotypes of a Mexican kid? Does it make it easier to label him a gang wannabe? If the instrument picture was the image used in every Andy article, do you think people might have a different perspective about him? Do you think the press uses this image on purpose? I’m really curious to know what others think, and if this has crossed anyone else’s mind.

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About socolaura

Mom, educator, opinionated, passionate, smart, witty, wise Latina. Waiting for my moment of zen.
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