Former Marine turned photographer Joel Parés’ series Judging America used real people dressed as stereotypes to remind us to not judge a person based on their tattoos, clothing, ethnicity, profession, or sexual orientation, but on their merits.

This is supposed to be a real powerful series of images…but all I could think of was what the conversation was like when he asked these people to pose as the stereotypes.

Do you think I could dress you up as a gangster? ITS FOR A MESSAGE I SWEAR