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Broken Windows: Common Element Between Two Books On Racism And A “No Fear” Shop

The broken windows theory states “that visible signs of crime, anti-social behavior, and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes.”

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Maria Petrova
Maria Petrova
Maria contributes editorial pieces on cross-cultural issues, education, and the arts.

SPAIN: As discrimination worsens in Spain, its streets become classrooms, and chances to improve dialogue and ease multicultural stratification take the form of broken windows. One has to pay attention and decide what window leads where and how to interpret what’s on the other side of it. Of course, metaphorically, using a lot of imagination and applying a great deal of reading.

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The broken windows theory states “that visible signs of crime, anti-social behavior, and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes.” It is a well-known fact that economic recessions influence the way people interact, and entire groups of society take on different challenges such as maintenance and deterioration, notably caused by purposefully inflicted harm. If you ask nations about recessions, everybody can tell you that leaders determine through the adequacy of their decisions both the outcome and the duration of such periods.

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Traveling Spain, one cannot but notice the number of small businesses that close their doors and the almost unrecognizable streets, with only a few people here and there. As our ways wind up in all directions, we ended up having a coffee in Torrejon de Ardoz, and a shop window drew my attention. Resellers of the No Fear sports brand, Avenue41 shop hid a brute diamond on its windows: the very staging of “The Emperor Has No Clothes” book (featured image above) and as a counterpart— “The Emperor’s New Clothes” book (picture below).

Source: @Avenue41 Facebook page, January 2021, Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know and The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium are two books that offer theoretical grounding and practical approaches to addressing society oppressive constructs.

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The evil in both books is the so-called “binary thinking,” and looking at both pictures of the shop, I hope you can tell now that broken windows are the common element between those two books on racism and the “No Fear” shop… Hopefully, investors will be able to see that correlation too and will take necessary actions to restore balance.

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