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'Halloween Hoodie' campaign spins off of Trayvon Martin's shooting death
orlandosentinel.com ^ | 10/14/2012 | Arelis R. HernŠndez

Posted on 10/14/2012 5:16:21 PM PDT by massmike

If a young man walks by wearing a sweatshirt with a hood tight around the chin, face somewhat concealed and hands tucked inside the pouch pockets, what comes to mind?

Thug? A mugging is imminent? What's in his hands? Trayvon Martin?

More often than not, Rochelle Oliver and Gauis Benbow believe, its a negative stereotype that emerges. That's what they are trying to challenge with their "Halloween Hoodie" campaign — an effort to have Americans of all shades don hoodies on the one day of the year when fear is supposed to be fun.

"The hoodie is this ubiquitous piece of clothing that everyone wears but when black people wear it, it's interpreted as a symbol of criminal activity," Benbow said, a 30-year-old Miami-based graphic artist. "There are a lot of stereotypes that get thrown around and we need to be aware of them to deconstruct them."

He teamed up with Oliver, an independent producer in South Florida, after a conversation about Halloween festivities turned into a discussion about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

"This isn't about being pro-Trayvon. It's about being anti-stereotyping," Oliver said "Seeing someone wearing a hoodie on Halloween will hopefully allow people to examine what they are feeling if they are scared or why they may be judging the person as a threat."

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


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1 posted on 10/14/2012 5:16:26 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

It sounds like a night of good cover for robbers, muggers and thieves who can do their business then quickly blend in with the crowd.


2 posted on 10/14/2012 5:22:09 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: massmike

>>”The hoodie is this ubiquitous piece of clothing that everyone wears but when black people wear it, it’s interpreted as a symbol of criminal activity,”<<

No, the hoodie, when worn with the hood forward to hide the face is used by criminals of all races. It was most famously used by the Unibomber.

Just as oversized pants hanging down are use for hiding weapons, a hoodie worn that way is a declaration of criminal intent.


3 posted on 10/14/2012 5:22:24 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: massmike

Yup. All they would need is some skittles and a can of arizona ice tea to complete the terrifying costume and make people think they are up to no good and may want to smash your head on the sidewalk. Real good idear! Can you say “dumbasses’? Time to quit glorifying this punk.

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.


4 posted on 10/14/2012 5:23:36 PM PDT by rktman
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To: massmike

If you show up on my doorstep, wearing a hoodie, looking down and saying “trick or treat”, and you think that I will feel safe? These 2 artsy idiot liberals are a waste of oxygen.


5 posted on 10/14/2012 5:27:46 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: freedumb2003

If you wear it with a knit cap, carrying a latte while playing with a smart phone, people wont associate you with being anything other than being a pretentious dork.

In other words, dont look like a thug and people wont think of you as one.


6 posted on 10/14/2012 5:31:01 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: freedumb2003

No, the hoodie, when worn with the hood forward to hide the face is used by criminals of all races. It was most famously used by the Unibomber.

Which is why banks and fi institutions have signs on the doors to remove the hoodie/hat whatever.

These AH’s are attempting to trivialize the little punk Travons appearance the night his trip on the wrong track ended.


7 posted on 10/14/2012 5:31:28 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: massmike

“but when black people wear it, it’s interpreted as a symbol of criminal activity”

No, when criminals wear it, they’re still criminals.
When people acting like civilized humans wear it, nobody
really takes notice.


8 posted on 10/14/2012 5:32:07 PM PDT by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW!)
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To: massmike

“There are a lot of stereotypes that get thrown around and we need to be aware of them to deconstruct them.”

Yep, like those guys wearing a ski mask in a bank.


9 posted on 10/14/2012 5:33:17 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: massmike
What an assinine suggestion.

Fear is an emotion you ought not to phuque with.

I don't watch zombie flicks or any other of those kinds of movies.

I want my fear alert and intact, on the ready to save my or another's life.

10 posted on 10/14/2012 5:38:28 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: massmike

It’s not the hoodie; it’s how the person wears the hoodie. Call me a racist, but if I see a person (black, white, brown, green, purple, whatever) wearing a hoodie with the hood up and partially covering his face on a warm dry day or evening, then I start to think the person might be up to no good. Add in the pants below the ass, a grill, and a swagger, and I’ll go out of my way to avoid a conftontation. Sure I could be wrong, but statistically, I’ll error on the side of caution. Perception is everything.


11 posted on 10/14/2012 5:44:17 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: massmike
It's about being anti-stereotyping," Oliver said

So, I guess wearing a hood up on a warm autumn evening in darkness isn't stereotyping.

12 posted on 10/14/2012 5:56:11 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: massmike

Looks like I needs to get me a KelTec 380 to fend off trick-or-treaters


13 posted on 10/14/2012 6:25:13 PM PDT by digger48
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To: massmike

Sorry, but anyone that covers a face is not cool but idiotic especially in the hot summer. I wouldn’t open a door or be ‘unaware’ of anyone that does.

I don’t care what color they are, they’re up to no-good or just plain stupid.


14 posted on 10/14/2012 6:27:26 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: massmike

You already got your skittles.
Go home punk .


15 posted on 10/14/2012 6:38:30 PM PDT by Morris70
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To: freedumb2003

How doe pants halfway down you tush aid in concealing a weapon? I cc, but my (|) isn’t visible.


16 posted on 10/14/2012 6:48:32 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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17 posted on 10/14/2012 6:49:16 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: massmike

Who wants to go looking like Belichick?


18 posted on 10/14/2012 6:49:53 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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19 posted on 10/14/2012 6:52:34 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: massmike

What a couple of fools. Someone comes to my door like that will be met by my good friend Walther. My teenage daughter has a hoodie with her university logo on it. No one would stereotype her as criminal, but maybe as pep rally supporter. She doesn’t wear it thug style. These two fools seem to have never heard of “dress for success.” I hope this campaign doesn’t get someone killed.


20 posted on 10/14/2012 7:02:03 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: massmike

Stereotypes always hold a grain of truth, if not a whole cornstalk.


21 posted on 10/14/2012 7:16:53 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: massmike

How about a skeleton, holding iced tea & skittles, lying upright on the front lawn? Halloween fun!


22 posted on 10/14/2012 7:18:46 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: massmike

“stereotypes are not just wrong — they are dangerous. He said he felt vulnerable after Trayvon was shot.”

Oh please! Who were the people most threatened when word of this incident spread?

Get real!

Just like the crapola that “Americans” would attack en masse every turban-wearing brown guy. It was total crap. So it is with “whites are going to attack me!” Boo hoo.


23 posted on 10/14/2012 7:25:35 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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24 posted on 10/14/2012 7:26:47 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Stereotypes are what keeps officers from getting shot and people out of harms way too. Stereotypes are formed when we see a pattern repeat with certain events or behaviors that culminate in the same end result. Sure, prejudging someone without knoing them may be prejudicial but if I see a pale white man with a teardrop tattoo next to his eye he’s probably a convict that probably just got out of jail. If I see a young woman with short shorts and lots of makeup standing in the street and cars keep pulling up and she disappears for a while, she’s probably a hooker. If I see a black man in a jacked up Cadillac with gold rims and there’s smoke in the car he’s probably getting high on weed. Maybe we need to call things as we see them instead of lying for a change. It might make society grow up.

Sometimes prejudice is earned.


25 posted on 10/14/2012 8:02:04 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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My husband and I were out in the car a fair distance off the Las Vegas Strip at about 10 am one day. Both of us said simultaneously, “Hooker’s out early,” as we passed a woman on the sidewalk. If it walks like a duck, err in this case a slut.... God gave us a brain and expects us to use it, as well as discernment.


26 posted on 10/14/2012 8:14:36 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: massmike
Photobucket The Obama Spring is coming.
27 posted on 10/14/2012 8:46:25 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: massmike
"...their "Halloween Hoodie" campaign — an effort to have Americans of all shades don hoodies on the one day of the year when fear is supposed to be fun."

What could go wrong?

28 posted on 10/14/2012 10:04:56 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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