African-American Apparel: Are Hoodies Sending the Wrong Message? [POLL]

In wake of Trayvon Martin shooting, debate flares up over popular outerwear.

Geraldo Rivera sparked a debate last week that reverberated from the halls of the Capitol in Albany to the pulpit of in Clinton Hill.

Rivera said on Fox and Friends last Friday that he thought it was Trayvon Martin's hoodie that most likely got him killed on the dark streets of Sanford, Fla. on the night of Feb. 26 at the hands of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. 

Those comments prompted both state Sen. Eric Adams, D-Crown Heights, a former police officer stationed at the 88th Precinct, and Rev. Clinton Miller at Brown Memorial to recently don the popular outerwear in a gesture of solidarity with the young man and his family.

Still, against a recent spate of gun violence in Fort Greene, should parents and teachers try to keep black and Latino young people from wearing hoodies that might send the wrong impression?

Or is the recent debate much ado about a piece of clothing just as likely worn by a white Williamsburg hipster as a young African-American teen in Central Brooklyn?

Joe Gonzalez March 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Why don't I see White people out protesting the death of Trayvon Martin? It seems that Whites are NEVER out protesting civil rights abuses. Its seems that I only see Black folks out there protesting. Why is that? Oh, by the way where is City Council Speaker and Mayoral wannabe Christine Quinn on the Trayvon Martin case? Quinn ONLY protests when one of hers gets hurt--she could really care less about any other group. Folks need to remember that when she runs for Mayor next year.
Corey March 27, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Sounds like you weren't at the rally in Union Square last week, Joe. The crowd was mixed and in the thousands.
Jimmy L March 27, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Joe, where is the civil rights abuse? Zimmerman is hispanic. You sound like an idiot. Let the justice system sort this out. Whites don't want to make asses out of themselves like Al Sharpton..Tawana Brawley anyone????
Joe Gonzalez March 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I was in the crowd. The hoodie wearing folks were Black and dark skin Hispanic. Some Whites there were already in the Union Square Park at a rainbow flag waiving gay rights LGBT rally and some whites were shopping nearby. The small number of Whites 'there' in the crowd were news reporters and NYPD cops.The White people were NOT 'there' for Trayvon Martin rally. Look at the videotapes and you don't see White faces protesting for Trayvon Martin. Moreover, to the above poster 'Jimmy L', your posted assertion that Mr. Zimmerson was Hispanic is somehow evidence that this isn't a racist shooting is laughable. White skinned Hispanics are culturely closely to whites then they are to their dark sinned Hispanic kinfolks and Blacks.
Dave March 28, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I think you black folks out there are crazy when you think that white folks conspire Against you. It is a travisty what happened and only Zimerman and Trayvon Martin knows what really happened.....If you really think that white America is this way WHY is Obama the President! of the USA. I feel Zimerman should answer for taking Trayvon life and he will have to answer for what he did. But don't paint with a wide brush that all white people are the same way just as black Americans should not be stero typed.....
marcus sharon March 28, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Obama was selected not elected,white people should be out protesting the shooting if young white youth were getting murdered throughout America like young black youth are there would be an outrage ! We need the black panther party the truth is the murder of trayvon Martin was unjustified !
RICK March 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I can't help but think about what leather jackets and t shirts meant back in the 50's and sixties. Along with a Harley-Davidson too. We stereotype. Whether we like to admit it or not. That said, the young man who died, and his family, deserve answers.
BronxBootylicious April 01, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Why can't people understand that a hoodie is a garment to keep you warm. Men wear hoodies to keep warm most often, and they don't want to wear scarfs, so they wear hoodies to keep the air off their neck. Women wear hoodies but not as often because we don't want to mess up our hair. Thats the basis. Here's another question, I have asked young black men and a lover....why do men wear there pants hanging down...and his was the response...Ready? Because my balls are hot!!! Just that simple. Finding a way to be comfortable in every day clothing. This does not provide an excuse for all wearing hoodies...but its a garment to keep warm. How many times have you been out and a chill hit your neck or ears and head and if you were wearing a hoodie,....what did you do? Pull it over your head. Simple!! I'm sure that was the situation with Tyvon on chilly Florida evening. For God sake's stop judging people on their clothing and judge them on their character!!!! ummmm Zimmerman!!!
BronxBootylicious April 01, 2012 at 07:40 AM
For all men who agree, please post.
BronxBootylicious April 01, 2012 at 07:56 AM
If we ask BlackMen, because the problem is with BlackMen. Imagine a female running to the store in the evening wearing hoodie to run out and run right back and shot down, we must not let the idea of our clothing determine our character. We are allowed to express our selfs as simple as the dreds in our hair, the braids in our hair or the type of hair cut we have. This murder is about something far more deadly than a hoodie. It's about too many Black men being shut down...because white, hispanic and also some asian wear hoodies.
RICK April 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I think its about fear
Seba Brothers April 03, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The tragedy surrounding Trayvon's death is not really about the race of his shooter or the race of the victim. It is about is the deadly stereotypes we use to navigate our surroundings and build our ideas of who is dangerous & suspect and who is not. That's what we need to be fighting against. That's the violation of our rights if someone can't dress to please themselves and not be targeted as a criminal. What if Trayvon was wearing Islamic garb with a "suspicious backpack?" What if he was a baldheaded white guy with "suspicious" tattoos all over wearing a leather jacket and chains? When we can't decipher threat from non-threatening situation because our fears rule us, we're in a bad place. But we can still use our voices for innocent victims of racial profiling and prejudice!


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