The Hoodie Culture
I wasn't always a member of the hoodie culture. In fact, i didn't own a hoodie for many years never really considering them "my style." And then i started working for a company where almost everyone wore hoodies at some point or another. It's amazing to me how quickly i acclimated to this stylistic preference soon having 3-4 hoodies in my regular wardrobe rotation.
And then brother Trayvon Martin was killed wearing a hoodie on his way home from the store late the evening of February 26th, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. I couldn't believe this young man would be gunned down so senselessly because he had the audacity to walk through a quiet suburban neighborhood. The hoodie made him look suspicious George Zimmerman would later claim as he defended his indefensible actions that night. Although Trayvon was unarmed, he apparently still presented a threat to the armed Zimmerman and therefore had to pay the ultimate price of his life.
George Zimmerman was later acquitted for his crime on the basis of self-defense and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws and i was fearful that we as a society had crossed into dangerous territory. How could someone claiming self-defense shoot an unarmed kid and get away with it?! Had we as a society just condoned the murder of a young man for being black and wearing a hoodie in the wrong neighborhood? Did this mean all black men should fear for their lives for wearing the wrong clothing in the wrong neighborhood?