Isn't Grayling's "hoodie" remark a patronising stereotype?

18 Apr

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has been quoted as saying:

"Very often the surly young man in a hoodie who turns up looking unwilling to work can turn into an excited and motivated employee."

It may have been a well-intentioned comment, to encourage employers to take on young people, but the stereotyping of young men as "surly" hoodie-wearers "looking unwilling to work" seems to be yet another example of negative attitudes towards young people from those in positions of authority.

As the minister acknowledges, there are young people keen to work and take up apprenticeships and become "excited and motivated" employees.

In a previous post, we looked at adults' negative attitudes towards young people, "despite the majority being well behaved, attending school, taking part in activities and a significant number contributing to their communities and volunteering".

The Prime Minister, has also courted controversy with remarks about hoodies (and even patronised his own back-benchers) and Mr Grayling is no stranger to causing offence, with various comments he has made over the last few years.

Do let us know your thoughts

[Previous posts on language used by ministers to generate headlines.]

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