Jon Kari wrapped a keffiyeh – a cotton scarf commonly worn in the Middle East – over his head and around his neck and lined up with dozens of other South Orange County high school seniors for his yearbook portrait.

The Dana Hills High student wasn't surprised that he got odd looks from people in line. The 18-year-old, who is Filipino and white, said he was out to make a statement about sterotyping by wearing the scarf.

"It was to make people realize that stereotyping and racism are still present," Kari said. "Our teachers make us think it's gone, but it's not."

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