Saturday, March 24, 2012
Thug or Not?
The "Hoodie" has been around as long as I can remember. It is not new to the world or to Black America, but it is what street thugs have embraced as their uniform. In a nation filled with self expression it boggles the mind why so many gravitate towards anonymity.
But the hoodie is a prerequisite for robbery, shop lifting, assault and dealing drugs. So much so that in the UK "Hoodie Free" zones have popped up in shopping districts throughout the country, and many stores have outright bans against wearing hoodies.
Interestingly Canada has no such issue with the hoodie which is considered a necessary item throughout much of the year.
But in the Carolina's and parts further south including Florida the hoodie when worn beyond the months of December and January brings along suspicion.
CMPD Officers will tell you they repeatedly have to ask youth to remove their hoodies when being questioned either on the street or during a traffic stop. CMS teachers also spend an inordinate amount of time telling kids to put down their hoods.
Walk uptown in Charlotte before, during or after any Bobcats game and you are confronted with a sea of hoodies. Black kids just "hangin out" around the Cable Box. Most are of course harmless but still they harass families by being loud, making sudden taunting moves and running circles around people they feel can be easily intimidated. And Micheal Jordan wonders why the Bobcats can't draw in more fans.
Trayvon Martin Thug or Not?
No one will ever know what really happen the night that Trayvon Martin put his hoodie up and was confronted by a community watch captain cop wannabe named Zimmerman. Martin's girlfriend's account of her conversation is plausible but counter intuitive, why would he put up his hoodie? Why would he not call 911 himself?
It is unfortunate that the hoodie has become equated with hoodlum, and thug. But it is what it is. And if you approach me during the dark of night in a parking lot with your hoodie up and your hands in your pockets, you can bet I have my hand on my Glock and I am only seconds away from ending your life.
One Final Note: Have you identified the "thug" in the first photo? Yes that is Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera the Spanish professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. rated player in the world. He looks like trouble, and he is if you are facing him on a clay tennis court.