Re: Clothing Worn by a Social Group in My Area
- Sorry, I hate to nitpick, but I have a few questions here...
--- In CostumeHistoryClass@y..., turpinrs2001@y... wrote:
> hats/headgear inside the school building. There was recently a spat
> with a junior high student and parent, both practitioners of Wykka
> (sp?), because the student had some jewelry with a pentagram. For
> her the pentagram had religious significance, and she wanted to wear
> it on Wykka holy days, at least. For school administrators, the
> pentagram is gang sign, and prohibited.
The *pentagram* is a gang sign? Since when, and where? Although Wicca
may be classified possibly as a social group, it is no more a "gang"
than the preps, jocks, cheerleaders, theater kids, or geeks are a
"gang". Did the school administration have a logical explanation for
this theory of Wicca being a gang and not a religion?
> Our resident gang is a branch of the 415, which aficionados may
> recognize as originally an Oakland, CA gang: 415 was the area code
> for their neighborhood.
San Francisco and the SF peninsula, actually. Oakland was always 510
area code. :) And the "exportation" of California gangs is apparently
common; I hear there are "branches" of the Crips, Bloods, and Crenshaw
Mafia (originally from LA) in various regions in the midwest.
All the interviews I've seen with them have been pretty
fruitless; they claim that they're a "branch", but no LA Crips have
ever heard of Kentucky Crips. I'm guessing it's imitation; much like
white suburban boys have been doing in the past couple of years.
Amusingly enough, two years ago, the entire peninsula (from just south
of San Francisco itself all the way down to Sunnyvale) changed over to
the 650 area code. I wonder what the 650-area 415 members did about
their name? I sure don't see it tagged around as much anymore. ;)
> The boys wear black oversized pants and
> black oversized tee-shirts featuring some of the more obnoxious
>punk groups or rappers.
Now I'm *really* nitpicking, but gangstas listening to punk bands?
This is a new one to me. Everywhere else, the gangsta wannabe kids
usually make fun of/beat up punks, and have been known to tag "PUNK IS
DEAD" on the occaisional available surface. The last punk/rap
crossover I know of was Ice-T's band Body Count, and that was in 1990.
Is there a resurgence of punk music going on among non-punks?
- There was recently a
> > with a junior high student and parent, both practitioners of Wykkawear
> > (sp?), because the student had some jewelry with a pentagram. For
> > her the pentagram had religious significance, and she wanted to
> > it on Wykka holy days, at least. For school administrators, theInterestingly if the parent and child sued, the school district would
> > pentagram is gang sign, and prohibited.
be in major legal trouble. All over America, in numerous cases courts
have ruled in favor of students wearing religious symbols of any
description that they prefer: