Wednesday, August 31, 2005From CBS2-TV Chicago:
(AP) CHICAGO Forget all that talk about gang colors.UPDATE: The Chicago Sun-Times expands on the white T-shirt story:
Police in Chicago say the plain white T-shirt is the latest in gang-member attire. Sergeant James Fiduccia calls it "urban camouflage" adopted by gang members who want to blend in while they sell their drugs. Fiduccia - who works for Chicago's Gang Intelligence Section - says the white T-shirt is being sported by several different gangs when members are doing business. And he says officers watching a recent picnic of suspected gang members saw 400 to 600 people, all wearing white.
...a University of Illinois at Chicago professor who has spent several years studying Chicago gangs cautioned that a lot of kids wearing the shirts are doing what James Dean did in his white T - rebelling and not much else. And *this particular song, which is quite catchy, adds to the allure of the look, said UIC's John Hagedorn.* "White Tees" by Dem Franchise Boyz
"Listen to it once, and you'll get it," Hagedorn said. "If you're a kid and you hear it, you'll want to run out and get a big T."