pwbowen wrote:Elmagister wrote:pwbowen wrote:DaKlute wrote:bluemist wrote:I believe that Geraldo's point has been fairly clearly stated here already. First perceptions are real,albeit rarely an accurate way to assess anyone. He urged parents of black/hispanic kids to reject "gangsta" fashion for their children. Seems clear cut that "dress for success" never goes away.
And put me down as another in the "Geraldo is a tool" camp.
that makes no sense.
except for the tool part.
Because people don't make initial impressions based on attire? I didn't realize flip flops and a wife beater or a suit didn't matter in a job interview.
I say we do a test: let's dress Geraldo in a yamica and the proper Jewish attire drop him off in the middle of an angry mob in Iran or a bedsheet and pillow case and drop him in south central LA.
That's the second time this sort of thing has been mentioned. I don't agree that a kid walking home from the store through his neighborhood wearing a hoodie equates to dressing like the KKK (a symbol for fear, hate, and intolerance) in a black neighborhood.
Where did I say that? I simply said that attire is important in initial impressions. Let's not oversimply it and go "anything not at ______ level is wrong". If my kid goes to a job interview in a t-shirt there's a different initial judgement than if he goes in a nice polo shirt. That's life, whether we like it or not.
As to this case, no I don't see a hoodie as some great menacing threat. I think Zimmerman is an azzhat and is responsible at the minimum probably to a manslaughter charge but I also don't think he broke his own nose to cover anything up.
Besides, I still want to run this test scenario with Geraldo. I think we'd all enjoy the results.
Is it progress that we're judged by the content of our wardrobe instead of the color of our skin?
who is arguing with you that attire helps feed an initial impression?
the point is, you don't get to follow people and then shoot them b/c of what they are wearing.
or, do you disagree w/that too?