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

Men on the University of Alabama campus were asked to wear white on Monday, January 27 as a “Dress for Unity” to honor those who have passed on due to dating/domestic violence. On Tuesday, I’ll take part in a White Ribbon Forum at Gorgas Library at 7:30 p.m.

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

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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