On the topic of youth communication models, I should note that I was pleasantly surprised at how sophisticated their slang was. In other public schools I have done research in, students said things like “that’s bae”, and “what a hot mess”. However, in this school, students said things like “Check your privilege” and “black and brown bodies face systemic violence”…and so as soon as I picked it up, I was accepted a little better. I got popular. I made friends with populars. Look, it’s highschool, your priorities are to make popular friends. I found that this was the general goal of the students, as is not atypical.
Secondly I should note that these teenagers also had dress codes. So the most popular was a. the most oppressed; b. the most attractive and c. the one who had the most piercings and tattoos [but managed to pull it off without looking like a White trucker or rock fiend. You had to be authentically tribal and etheral. Spoken word artists and other hipsters of colour (HOCs) seem to be what is in, much like I imagine rock and Justin Bieber are in highschools.
I was particularly struck with how if You were a member of a community percieved to be conservative, like the
These arguments didn’t work. So I acknowledged my white privilege and decided to silently apologize. I was here for research anyway. Focus. Focus. By the way I got new raybans.
Look, I understand that by having an opinion, specifically this one, I have lost all my