|1903 Chain Gang (Public Domain)|
Walking past an upscale tailor's the other day, I couldn't help but notice an orange-as-orange-can-be tuxedo in the window. Orange is indeed “the new black,” and seems to pop up just about everywhere these days.
Back at the Saginaw County Jail, however, “black and white are the new orange.” Inmates there have had to trade in their “cool” orange jumpsuits for more punitive-looking attire: zebra-striped uniforms.
When some of the inmates complained about this new unfashionable statement, they were basically told by the sheriff: “If you don’t like these outfits, then don’t show up at my door.”
Nevertheless, it is understandable that these inmates miss being enveloped in orange. Astrobix.com explains that orange can strengthen a person’s self-confidence, creativity and independence. Lack of orange, on the other hand, can
lead to reclusiveness, destructive behaviors and difficulty in communication,
As for black-and-white stripes? These might evoke chain-gang images, especially for those who have watched one too many such movies. Not exactly what you'd wish to dwell upon when living behind bars…
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