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“Similarly, the zoot suit uniform was an act of defiance against white standards of behavior.” (page 45)For years the question has plagued me concerning why we [African Americans] do some of the things that we do. I am speaking particular of things that just don’t make sense such as sagging pants; caps worn in every way accept the way in which it was made; taking derogatory terms such as “nigger” and thinking we are redefining it by our use instead of a Caucasian person using it; using Ebonics and slang; not getting our education; wearing our boots/sneakers untied; wearing raggedy clothing such as ripped jeans; and the list goes on and on. Supposedly all of this is done to create our own individual and unique “identity,” which made the Marable passages leap off of the page at me.
“Like the zoot-suiters, beboppers implicitly rejected assimilation into standards established by whites and were contemptuous of the police and the power of the U.S. government over black people’s lives. Both sought to carve out identities that blacks could claim for themselves.” (page 63)
PATERSON FIGHT LANDS TEEN IN SURGERYSaturday, May 14, 2011BY MATTHEW MCGRATHThe Record
PATERSON – A 17-year-old boy needed emergency surgery early Saturday morning after he was struck in the head during an altercation with an unknown assailant, police said. Police believe Diego Gonzalez, 17, was in a verbal argument, which ended in the attack, at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning outside the Father English Community Center on Main Street, Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez said. Gonzalez was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson where he received emergency surgery. His condition is being watch closely and doctors are still unsure if Gonzalez will survive, Rodriguez said. Police are searching for the attacker.