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amicus sidera
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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: mark8888]
      #5285054 - 06/23/12 10:52 AM

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I often wear a dark hoodie. If anyone would be foolish enough to stereotype me based on that, I would see it as their problem, not mine.




True, but in the case of the police, they have the ability to make it your problem, as well.

The perception of white as "pure" runs much deeper psychologically than a simple stereotype throughout Western culture; it may even be a genetic predisposition. Other cultures vary regarding this effect; in parts of Oceania, for example, white is seen as the color of death.


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mark8888
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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5285065 - 06/23/12 10:58 AM

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I often wear a dark hoodie. If anyone would be foolish enough to stereotype me based on that, I would see it as their problem, not mine.





True, but in the case of the police, they have the ability to make it your problem, as well.





That's true, but how much of a problem if I'm not breaking any laws? Which I wouldn't be. Anyway I like my dark hoodie, it's comfortable and the hood is useful, and I wouldn't avoid wearing it to impress anyone. I put on a white shirt and tie for work, for me that fills my allotment of dressing up per week.


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The perception of white as "pure" runs much deeper psychologically than a simple stereotype throughout Western culture; it may even be a genetic predisposition.





There are also a good number of people who find it offensive.


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amicus sidera
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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: mark8888]
      #5285069 - 06/23/12 11:03 AM

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The perception of white as "pure" runs much deeper psychologically than a simple stereotype throughout Western culture; it may even be a genetic predisposition.




There are also a good number of people who find it offensive.




I've never met anyone who was offended by a white shirt, but perhaps I've led a sheltered life. You do realize that we're discussing fabric color?


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Adam Taylor
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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: tecmage]
      #5285072 - 06/23/12 11:04 AM

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Dressing for Bears, Gangs and Skeeters- wow! I usually dress for comfort.




Agree. Comfort is key. And during this part of the year in the desert, it's a light-colored t-shirt, shorts and barefeet.


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mark8888
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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5285089 - 06/23/12 11:12 AM

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The perception of white as "pure" runs much deeper psychologically than a simple stereotype throughout Western culture; it may even be a genetic predisposition.




There are also a good number of people who find it offensive.




I've never met anyone who was offended by a white shirt, but perhaps I've led a sheltered life. You do realize that we're discussing fabric color?





LOL of course I didn't mean that anyone is offended by a white shirt. What some find offensive is the idea that white is "pure" while "dark" is, as you put it, a color to wear to "present a low profile to nefarious types", and there are countless websites and books discussing the idea that white=good/pure and black=bad/nefarious, and why some find it offensive, for more information.


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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: tecmage]
      #5285102 - 06/23/12 11:21 AM

I found sleeves to be dressing for comfort in skeeter season, so switched from pocketed vest to jacket many moons ago. An old school solution that is a comfort compromise on hot nights.


White as a cultural color of death sounds like a literal connection to bone white.


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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5285155 - 06/23/12 11:54 AM

Quote:

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I often wear a dark hoodie. If anyone would be foolish enough to stereotype me based on that, I would see it as their problem, not mine.




True, but in the case of the police, they have the ability to make it your problem, as well.

The perception of white as "pure" runs much deeper psychologically than a simple stereotype throughout Western culture; it may even be a genetic predisposition. Other cultures vary regarding this effect; in parts of Oceania, for example, white is seen as the color of death.




Attitude is what affects the law dogs, not clothes.
the way I dress might have then take a second look
at me, and that is OK it is there job. But a law dogs
response to me is a reflection of what kind of grief
I give him from the get go. In my wild days I'd regularly
be the only one that did not go to jail or got off
a lot easier because I was always polite to them.
It affects all that happens after that first "What
are you up to" and "ID now" from how ruff you may
be treated while being arrested to how the judge
sentences you. I now been there done it. Being
polite to them can be the difference in a few
months in jail or year or two.


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csa/montana
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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: mark8888]
      #5285163 - 06/23/12 11:58 AM

Let's get back on the subject of choice of clothing; rather than the "good or bad", of white & black. That's a topic for OTO, not here.

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FJA
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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5285172 - 06/23/12 12:02 PM

When observing I just wear whatever I have on at the time. The choice of colour just doesn't come into it.

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BigC
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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: izar187]
      #5285199 - 06/23/12 12:17 PM

"]I found sleeves to be dressing for comfort in skeeter season, so switched from pocketed vest to jacket many moons ago. An old school solution that is a comfort compromise on hot nights."


It is notable that desert dwellers favor clothing that leaves little of the body exposed to scorching sunlight.Loose-fitting light colors seem to predominate.

Observing at night is another matter entirely;although thinking on it,any skin left exposed is an invitation to mosquitos in this area half the year!

Maybe a beekeepers suit with eyeholes for astronomy?


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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: BigC]
      #5285258 - 06/23/12 12:58 PM

That does it. In order to not offend anyone by my choice of clothing, draw the attention of the police based on my style of clothing , or attract problems with bands of gang members based on my choice of clothing colors, I will be observing naked from here on out!

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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: plav1959]
      #5285265 - 06/23/12 01:01 PM

But seriously, I just dress based on comfort and temperature. Honestly never really thought about colors...

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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: plav1959]
      #5285286 - 06/23/12 01:12 PM

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That does it. In order to not offend anyone by my choice of clothing, draw the attention of the police based on my style of clothing , or attract problems with bands of gang members based on my choice of clothing colors, I will be observing naked from here on out!




especially considering the humdity these days, sounds good to me!


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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: mark8888]
      #5285314 - 06/23/12 01:26 PM

I prefer to wear dark colors when observing. My theory is that black reflects less light, therefore helping maintain dark adaptation. I've got a black hoodie that works well and isn't too hot, except July and August in Kansas! Then it's shorts, tee, sandals and deet! (hope my new thermacell will work as well as deet)

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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5285397 - 06/23/12 02:44 PM

I always wear clothes when I'm observing.

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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: mark8888]
      #5285680 - 06/23/12 05:43 PM

In my yard, whatever I want. If I venture past the security of my house, usually a hockey jersy with a hoodie underneath. I'm 6" 225lbs as it is, add a size 52 jersey and an xl hoodie, and I don't look like someone you'd want to know in a bad way.
I usually pick the white/away jersey, this way the police can spot me if they need to speak to me. I'm a paramedic in their district, so it's usually a short lived experience. It usually goes like this, "Excuse me sir. Oh, hey, what are you doing out here?" My answers vary depending on mood, and night. Always cordial, just less humorous if I know they're having a rough night.


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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: evilmedic13]
      #5285707 - 06/23/12 05:56 PM

Welcome to CN! Glad to have you join us on the forums.

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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5286781 - 06/24/12 01:42 PM

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I must admit that schooling the forum regarding the Crips and Bloods was entirely unanticipated when I made my original post.




Yes--but this was interesting, and very possibly valuable information.


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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: mark8888]
      #5557992 - 12/06/12 05:55 PM

I have never given it any thought. I only dress for the cold if needed.

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Re: Choice of clothing color when observing... new [Re: mdalton]
      #5558077 - 12/06/12 06:54 PM

Warm in winter, cool in summer, otherwise whatever is comfortable and functional. Color doesn't much matter.

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