24 Sep '14, 5pm

Please, people, stop using bikes to whitesplain privilege

Please, people, stop using bikes to whitesplain privilege

Fashion at my high school, circa ’93-95, was aspirational. That is, the brands we found most fancy were those that in many ways signaled lifestyles more hoped for than practiced. My alma mater, John Harris High, a public school in Harrisburg, Pa., consisted overwhelming of African-American students, a fair number of Puerto Ricans, and a good many from low-income households. The logos on our wares did not reflect our lived experiences, not even for students who lived in closer proximity to middle-class standards. Examples: We all wore Timberland boots religiously, but I couldn’t name one of us who’d actually been hiking. Nautica jackets were all the rage, but few if any of us had been sailing. Ralph Lauren Polo was ubiquitous, but no one I knew had ever been on a horse, save for pony rides at the Farm Show. Helly Hansen body suits with the big ski goggles were required wear...

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