“Once you label me, you negate me”

In recent chapter in our book Punished , we learned about how the characters went through life circumstances that happens when people are labeled and respond and answer to it. Personally, I find labeling theory healthy in the sense that you were things and people are placed. It would be one disorganized “world” if you…

Rejected an Adolescence

It is no surprise that we live in an entirely racist society; from Black and Hispanic boys being disrespected in every form by social institutions to academic high-achievement being thought of as something white. If there is anything that Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys tells us it’s that we need to…

Brands That Leave Scars

“Tyrell was punished into believing something external to his sense of self: that he was a criminal, that he had nothing at stake, and that he “might as well handle business”- sell drugs and victimize others- since he has “nothing to lose” (Rios 2011).   Howard Becker, the father of the Labelling Theory, separates the…

Labeling of Teenagers

In the book, Punished: Policing the lives of Black and Latino Boys, Victor Rios discusses how punished youth are criminalized and labeled for their delinquent acts. Thus, the society they live in(Specifically Oakland, California) continues to treat the students categorized as “delinquent” at River High School as criminals despite their efforts to “do good” or make something of…

Psychological Implications

While the physical resources are hardly provided aside from the well-funded police force, the stronger force to be reckoned with in these boy’s lives was the attack on their mental health and stability. Reading through “The Coupling of Criminal Justice and Community Institutions”, I had a similar reaction to everyone else in the class. Being…

Masculinity

In River High School every year a pageant takes place. But this pageant is for the boy in the schools and it’s called Mr. Cougar. In Dude you’re a fag the boy in this puts on a very dramatized show to show the growth of masculinity. These boys go from being unmasculine to very masculine…

Not (really) a choice

To me personally, the question should not be “how do we stop” but rather “how to we avoid the start all together”. My heart was breaking every second I read further into Tyrell’s life.

Student Bodies: Dress Codes and School Dances

I remember sitting in the middle of my computer art class, quietly working on the day’s “concept art” assignment, when my teacher approached me and asked if I had a jacket to wear. I was wearing a white tank top that covered my bra straps. After I answered “No”, he proceeded to shout “That’s against…