Is There Such A Thing As Dressing According To Your Race?
In the latest attempt from the U.S. Government in discovering a better ways to identify United States citizens, the 2010 Census somewhat forces people to breakdown how they identify themselves. In a recent story from the Associated Press (AP), there were 784,764 who marked both white and black when filling out their form 10 years ago.
This is the second U.S. Census form that allows people to check more than one box.
Laura Martin, a 29-year-old biracial woman (the child of a black man and a white woman) says she always checks “black” when filling out forms. According to the AP, Martin was described as someone who grew up “surrounded by a black family and friends, listening to black music and active in black causes.” For that, she’s black.
If that’s how people draw conclusions with regards to their racial identity, is this also the reason for the terms “black” or “white” being used to describe the way people dress? How would a biracial person dress? Is there a way to dress according to our racial make-up? If so, who decides the dress code?
Have you ever heard statements like, “He dresses like a white dude,” or “Why do you dress like a Mexican?” or “She thinks she’s black because she dresses like she’s from the ‘hood”? Think about it. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
Stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and American Eagle are often referred to as “white apparel” and on the opposite end, brands like Apple Bottoms, Girbaud and Sean John represent “black”; and Latinos wear Southpole, Dickies and Ecko. Am I getting the stereotypes correct?
From jewelry to shoes, hairstyles and makeup application, we tend to box ourselves and place stereotypes on one another. So ask yourself: At what point do we stop defining elements to our lives—other than our race—by our race?
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