Monday letters: Hoodies conceal a person’s race

July 29, 2013 

BRITAIN TEEN TERROR

ALASTAIR GRANT — ASSOCIATED PRESS

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragic outcome of the altercation that involved a black man wearing a hoodie. The hoodie has become an icon of this incident.

Of course these hoodies are intended to shield one from inclement weather, but they also conceal one’s identity. A person can not see who is under the hoodie.

The hoodie appears on so much security footage involving criminal behavior. These security clips have been displayed in the news media many times to assist the police in finding a criminal. Based on this, it would seem logical for someone to be suspicious of someone wearing a hoodie.

This hoodie suspicion does not include whether the wearer as black or white. It is unfortunate that black men have decided to use the hoodie as a fashion statement.

Jim Matthews

Columbia

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