The news is filled with judgments – sports teams, fashion, celebrity expectations. But is this judgment always called for?
Three recent news stories have brought this judgment into question, one of which is Wal-Mart’s plus size Halloween wear category being labeled as as “fat girl costumes.” They have publicly apologized on Twitter.
Mrs.Nunes, a guidance counselor at Naugatuck High School, said, “People should be more concerned about themselves and their values.” Mrs.Nunes tries to help students realize that they are worthwhile, valuable members of society. She believes that Wal-Mart’s “error” was very “unprofessional.”
In another story, a man at a Dallas airport was attacked for wearing a pink shirt. The attacker assumed the color of the shirt meant he was gay, and the verbal argument between the two turned physical. Bystanders helped remove the attacker, who was soon taken away by police.
Veronica Archeki, a Naugatuck student, said, “It’s disgusting how people associate colors with gender; guys tend to be more limited.” Art teacher Dr.Steve Kobylenski agrees, saying that “pink is a man’s color.”
When asked for the reason for his attack, the man replied, “Because this is America, that’s why. The same reason you get to live, to breathe, to walk black,” according to The Daily Mail online.
In “7 Things I Can Do That My Black Son Can’t,” written by Calvin Hennick, a white father expresses concern about his black son’s privileges, For instance, he can “lose my temper in traffic” and “loiter in wealthy neighborhoods,” while such actions could put his son in harm’s way.
Dr.Kobylenski expressed hope that this wouldn’t be the case. As far as equality in his classroom, he tries to treat everyone fairly no matter what race, size, or sexuality. “I think the media perpetuates stereotypes,” Kobylenski noted.