I would like to introduce you to something I like to call 'The Hooded Conundrum'. It goes a little something like this:
It’s approximately 3am at my university campus (although the time or precise location doesn’t really matter. What is key is that it’s dark, cold and we are in suburbia). Perfectly naturally, my friend has an urge to go to the 24 hour Tesco so early in the morning. I’m bored and need some juice, so I decide to go with him. The conundrum begins.
What to wear? Not in a metrosexual “I can’t figure out what I’m gonna wear” way, this problem seems to be psychosocial. As I have said already, it’s dark and cold in suburbia, oh… and I’m black. I was thus faced with a dilemma. Should or shouldn’t I cover up to combat the adverse weather with my black hat and black gloves alongside the black hoody black/grey jeans and black fringed boots I was already wearing ? (it was an All Black Monday). After 10 minutes of internal debate, I decided to give the black accessories a miss.
Why? Well, I did this partly because I didn’t want to startle anyone I could pass on my way to and from Tesco and partly because I didn’t want to arouse suspicion from the patrolling estate managers on campus. My underlying reasoning was that people would assume that I was up no good… All black attire? black male? 3am? I mean come on!! I didn’t wear my hood up for the exact same reason.
This is not the first time either, paper rounds on wet days posed a similar conundrum. I believe this dilemma is no more than a symptom of my inflated self-conscious . However your opinions are welcome!
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