Killing Sikhs is Sick!

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You might have heard about the shooting in the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI. Many Americans are still ignorant about the Sikh culture in general. One of the many things Lavoce can do is open your mind to the Sikh culture and Sikhs in general. You can learn more about the turban, that one article of clothing that makes them eligible to be covered were “fashion” included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It is clear that we have a long way to go in opening people’s minds. Let’s start now.

Though it is an extreme case, Lavoce ambassadors are like the police officer who sacrificed his life for his fellow men. If people are too afraid to raise their hands to ask something in a classroom or webinar or are too afraid to return an RSVP to give the news that they will not be able to attend an event, imagine how many more are too afraid to stand up for their fellow citizens?

I wanted to address the white elephant in the room here as there is talk about music influence, similar to the talk surrounding the Columbine incident in the ’90s. Sure, it gave people a bad impression of the Goth culture since the shooters wore black trench coats, but time and again it was proven that the shooters were not Goths, and Goths cannot all be lumped under the category of “wears black.” Do you really think Goths would let an incident that happened in the ’90s affect an entire culture that started in the ’70s. If that is what people think, then they have another thing coming. It is all the more reason to be role models, to be twice as much as our “normal” counterparts. When Cho killed students in Virginia Tech, Koreans all over the world didn’t hide or look for cover just because a bad seed happened to be from Korea. Likewise, people in the military and veterans will not hide because the shooter happened to be from the Army. It’s true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, just think back to your school days, but it should not be that way. This is why the new Goth, Lavoce ambassadors, should take part in giving and receiving recognition, so that no good deeds goes unrewarded and so that the good guys don’t finish last. Goodness prevails always. As sung in the musical, Wicked, “No one mourns the wicked.”

From Cloud to Star

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You might be curious about Lavoce’s logo. Here is an abbreviated and partial explanation, from cloud to star. Let’s take a walk down logic lane.

Since every definition of Goths I have found is different based on the person explaining it, I have always found that the fast and easy definition of a Goth is usually someone who wears black. What is wrong with black?

If you have a dandruff problem, it shows. It displays poor grooming. It’s a seasonal color and is best for the winter. When it’s summertime, black attracts heat and the sun’s rays. However, no amount of parasols are going to keep that sun from giving you a tan, no matter how much you use skin whitener. Black has no gradations and only works well with certain skin tones, making some people look pallid and sickly (the negative attitude increases the languid and lethargic look). Black is slimming, which is fine for those who want to look slimmer, but can make an already skinny person look emaciated. Black is sometimes scary as it is representative of the night and makes mothers want to take their child and run away as fast as possible. Is it any wonder why Goths did not receive the respect they so wanted back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s?

The proposed solution is gray. Dandruff would not be as apparent, so the wearers of gray would seem better groomed. It’s appropriate for any season. It’s appropriate in the workplace (black is appropriate still, but not all black). It goes with every skin tone as it can be as dark or as light as you want it to be. It enhances the feeling of individuality because there are many shades of gray. It is an approachable color, and will make people more conversational.

The new Goth of the millennium is brighter, sharper, more approachable, more open-minded, healthier, and more of an individual. The new Goth knows how to make a good first impression and is a champion for others. The new Goth dispels myths on behalf of the old Goth.

The new Goth is in control of his destiny; he is not being controlled by the winds or the external environment.

The new Goth makes an activist choice; he does not follow the trend. Therefore, no one can say that he is going through a phase. If there is any trend he follows, it is a positive trend, the trend of being positive, not negative, not mopey, not depressed.

The new Goth does not have a cloud over his head. He is a star, illuminating light wherever he goes.

The new Goth is a winner, a champion, a hero, a star.

The new Goth wears gray.