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Like many Latinas, my mother took my sister and me to get our ears pierced when we were newborns. She proudly brought us to the local pharmacy on 137th Street and Broadway for the quick procedure, and once the holes healed she placed tiny hoops in them.

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In 2016, Alegria Martinez, 21, a senior at Pitzer College, painted a mural on her campus that read, “white canada goose uk shop girl, take off your hoops!!!” She explained, in an email to the student body, “The culture actually comes from a historical background of oppression and exclusion. The black and brown canada goose coats on sale bodies who typically wear hoops, (and other accessories like winged eyeliner and gold nameplate necklaces) are typically viewed as ghetto, and are not canada goose coats taken seriously by others in their daily lives,” according to the Claremont Independent.

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Ms. Martinez, the artist, wanted to make the point that black and brown people are often judged differently for how they dress. She insisted that the purpose of the mural was not to “police white women,” but rather use it as a form of education and conversation on the campus of her small liberal arts school.

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