Here’s Why I’m Wearing White Today in the Middle of Winter

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As part of the White Ribbon Campaign, I'm joining other men on the UA campus wearing white today.
As part of the White Ribbon Campaign, I’m joining other men on the UA campus wearing white today.

What’s my least favorite color to wear?   WHITE

Why?  It’s blah.  It’s too formal.  And, it looks like a uniform.

In my world of TV news, we know that white shirts are a “no-no” on-air.

Esquire has established some “New Laws of Wearing White.”

For professionals (and church ushers), a white shirt is a staple.  And until my wedding day comes, you won’t see me in a white suit.

TODAY– I’m wearing all white or off-white because it’s a show of unity, part of the White Ribbon Campaign that we’re waging at The University of Alabama.

Such campaigns have been going on around the world for nearly a quarter century.

The ” Dress for Unity” is designed to honor those who have passed due to dating/domestic violence.  We wear white in memory of those individuals.

As a journalist, I’m not much of a joiner and rarely take advocacy stands on issues.

But, violence again women is one thing that every male journalist can support without crossing the line of objectivity in our reporting.

As a diversity teacher here at the University,  I cannot address the media’s role in portraying images of women without talking about the incidents of domestic violence that come from how women are presented in the media as objects or less than human.

To combat the cases of dating violence, it takes men like me to stand up and call attention to the problem.

On Tuesday evening (Jan. 28), I will join some other males colleagues on the University of Alabama campus for a white ribbon forum to talk not only about street harassment, dating violence, but also how important it is for men and women to update our notions of masculinity.

The 7:30 p.m. panel takes place in Room 205 of  Gorgas Library

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