Wednesday, August 31, 2005
White is the New Black White 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
The classic White Tee goes gangstaFrom CBS2-TV Chicago:
(AP) CHICAGO Forget all that talk about gang colors.

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.
UPDATE: The Chicago Sun-Times expands on the white T-shirt story:
...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.

"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."
* "White Tees" by Dem Franchise Boyz