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From wardrobe staple to symbol of urban terror
Los Angeles Times ^ | 03/27/2012 | Sandy Banks

Posted on 03/27/2012 2:00:29 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

The shooting of Trayvon Martin has cast a spotlight on the humble hooded sweat shirt, raising questions about the messages it sends — and why.

Football coaches wear them on the sidelines. Toddlers sport them on trips to the park. They are what we grab when we run to the market or head out in the cold to walk the dogs.

Yet somehow the humble hooded sweat shirt has evolved from basic, everyday apparel to a sinister symbol of urban terror.

It has become a touchstone in the conversation about the death of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was wearing a hoodie when he was fingered as "suspicious" and shot by a Neighborhood Watch patroller.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera considers the hoodie "as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman," the man who shot him.

"I believe Trayvon Martin would be alive today, but for his hoodie," Rivera said last week. "If he didn't have that hoodie on, that nutty Neighborhood Watch guy wouldn't have responded in that violent and aggressive way....

"Pedestrians cross the street to avoid black or brown hoodie wearers," he said. "When you see that kid coming your way, you are thinking ghetto or ghetto wannabe."

Rivera has been roundly mocked since he made those comments last week — including in countless Facebook posts of a brown-skinned Rivera wearing a hoodie in the crowd at a Yankees' game.

It seems to me like a shameful example of blaming the victim. So I was surprised that several readers responded to my Saturday column on Trayvon's death with a similar view:

Hooded jackets broadcast "thug" when worn by minorities.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hoodie; trayvonmartin
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Hoodies.
 
Even the Thug-in-Chief wears 'em.
 



1 posted on 03/27/2012 2:00:37 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Single page reading.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-banks-20120327,0,7130712,full.column


2 posted on 03/27/2012 2:03:12 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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“Football coaches wear them on the sidelines. Toddlers sport them on trips to the park. They are what we grab when we run to the market or head out in the cold to walk the dogs.

Yet somehow the humble hooded sweat shirt has evolved from basic, everyday apparel to a sinister symbol of urban terror.”

Perhaps when it is 90 degrees outside, someone wearing a hoodie seems a bit off (unless of course they are a nun).


3 posted on 03/27/2012 2:04:04 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Responsibility2nd

The gangs and thugs adopted it as their symbol, that is why it is their symbol.

It is that simple.


4 posted on 03/27/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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Related....
 
 
Geraldo Rivera sort of apologizes for Trayvon Martin hoodie remarks

Los Angeles Times‎ - 1 hour ago
Geraldo Rivera has apologized for putting part of the blame in Trayvon Martin's death on the Florida teenager's choice of clothing. Rivera staked out his ...


5 posted on 03/27/2012 2:04:46 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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This sad event will do for “hoodies” what “Magnum, PI” did for baseball caps, back in the 80s.


6 posted on 03/27/2012 2:05:02 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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When I see a student with a hooded sweatshirt and the hood up, I'll ask him "Is your parole officer in the school today?" If he answers "No." I'll tell him it's OK to put it down.

Also, a gentle admonishment that "You're undies are showing." within earshot of the girls usually leads to a cleavage coverage.

7 posted on 03/27/2012 2:05:39 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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“”I believe Trayvon Martin would be alive today, but for his hoodie,” Rivera said last week. “If he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty Neighborhood Watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way....”

Geraldo, you are full of bovine feces. TRAYVON MARTIN BEAT THE SH!T OUT OF “that nutty Neighborhood Watch guy”. Now Trayvon, the little thug, is at room temperature. Cry me a river.


8 posted on 03/27/2012 2:05:42 PM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

You’re=your (Sheesh)


9 posted on 03/27/2012 2:07:21 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Trayvon Martin has cast a spotlight on the humble hooded sweat shirt

Humble does not wear a hoodie.

Yet somehow the humble hooded sweat shirt has evolved from basic, everyday apparel

Humble does not wear a hoodie.

10 posted on 03/27/2012 2:07:51 PM PDT by humblegunner
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I’m nobody’s puppet and I’ll continue wearing mine when its cold. Screw the scumbags, I’m makin a stand.


11 posted on 03/27/2012 2:09:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Nuthin says civil rights like lootin.

Police: Trayvon protesters ransack store

http://www.local10.com/news/Police-Trayvon-protesters-ransack-store/-/1717324/9719674/-/xctonpz/-/index.html


12 posted on 03/27/2012 2:10:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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It’s not the hooded sweatshirt - it’s the punk wearing it.


13 posted on 03/27/2012 2:11:29 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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Hoodies are great and useful pieces of clothing for those of us that live in colder climates.

But out of my own protest of these race pimps, I wont be wearing mine for a long while.


14 posted on 03/27/2012 2:11:45 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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"I am Trayvon Martin."

"I am Trayvon Martin."

"I am Trayvon Martin."

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15 posted on 03/27/2012 2:12:43 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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How 'bout this thug:

16 posted on 03/27/2012 2:13:50 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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Hoodies are popular with the thugs, also, in the UK!


17 posted on 03/27/2012 2:14:49 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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It's not the hood on the sweatshirt, it's the hood in the sweatshirt.
18 posted on 03/27/2012 2:15:29 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The only thing a straight white man gets in this country is the blame for everything.)
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To: VanDeKoik
I put my version up for sale on zazzle today.

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19 posted on 03/27/2012 2:15:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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Oh my God, that neighborhood watch guy killed Kenny! You bastard!!


20 posted on 03/27/2012 2:16:38 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The only thing a straight white man gets in this country is the blame for everything.)
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