Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Hats question / Woodcarving question
Hats question / Woodcarving question
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 11:49:43 PST
First, thanks to all of you who respond to my newbie questions. I get
so many responses, I can't keep up with everyone. You all are so
Now, on to my two questions. The first is (to me) a serious issue, the
second is more recreational.
OK, this may sound petty, but I am kind of freaking out with the way I
see some of our Cubs wearing their hats. Not because it is not in
keeping w/ BSA uniforming policy, but because I am afraid it is
emulative of gang-banger fashions.
In case you don't know what I mean, I am referring to wearing the hat to
the right or the left. There are (based on what I have read) 2 major
"families" of gangs - the "Crips" belong to one, and the "Bloods" to the
other (I don't remember the family names). I am sure everyone is aware
that colors are used to signify gang affiliation, as well as certain
emblems (sports teams, cartoon characters, etc.). Another sign is
"dressing to the right" or "dressing to the left" to indicate the
"family". This may entail rolling up one pants leg, wearing one strap
of coveralls undone, or turning the brim of a baseball cap to the side.
I am not saying these Cubs are in gangs or even know what they are
doing. They just see it and copy it. Which makes it "cool", and then
they find out WHY people are doing it and the entire insidious mess can
worm its way in.
I am probably overreacting, but I saw a child at my son's elementary
school last year affecting this dress style (it was really obvious) and
I am scared to death! Maybe the kids doing this are just playing, but
as a parent how can I know for sure? We are not in the worst part of
town, but we are probably lower middle class.
I feel that, as Pack CC, I have a right and possibly even an obligation
to take care of this in the pack setting. How do I do it without
seeming unreasonable, paranoid, Hitleresque, and possibly even racist?
Scouting should be a safe alternative from gangs. Making them wearing
their hats forward may not keep them out of gangs, but it may make them
aware that adults are aware of the issue and they may think twice.
Thanks for any help on this issue. I hope I didn't offend anyone -
please no flames.
Now, onto my other question. Are the "Woodcarving with Rick Butz" books
for sale in the BSA catalog appropriate for an adult beginner? After
reading the threads re: carving slides, I was thinking maybe I ought to
become slightly knowledgable in handling a knife before my son starts in
a couple of years. I hate handling knives, and don't want to be biting
my nails everytime my kid picks up his. :-) Anyways, I was further
fueled when I saw the Rick Butz "Santas" book - too neat! Do you all
have anyplace to point me on this?
Thanks all. You always have good answers for my newbie questions and
Paula in Austin, TX / Pack 419
Pack 419 Web Site - http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Meadow/8419
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