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Patch's Poll: Are Hoodies More Than Just A Jacket?

Has the eponymous fashion item become a symbol of danger and crime? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

The firestorm over the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin sparked a second controversy on whether the hoodie the young man was wearing as he walked down the street contributed to his death.

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera suggested last week "that Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen shot dead last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer, courted violence by wearing a hoodie. That piece of clothing killed Martin, according to Rivera 'as surely as George Zimmerman'," Yahoo News reported.

On Tuesday, Rivera issued an apology on his Facebook page.

What do you think? Has the hoodie become a symbol of inner city crime and gang activity? Do you worry about what your child's clothing choices say about him or her? Or is a jacket just a jacket? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Harry Crandon March 31, 2012 at 05:32 PM
my uncle ralph wore a hoodie,and he was NO criminal or anything else. it's just a piece of clothing! snap out of it.
Jane Linley March 31, 2012 at 06:32 PM
perfectly said...it's who's inside it that makes the difference...
KikiMoon March 31, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I agree, it is just a piece of clothing, but, some people see it as the wearer acting suspicious or hiding something. I have 3 teenage boys who wear hoodies, and when they wear the hood up, they say that they sometimes get followed in stores. I always tell them to wear the hood down unless it's raining.
QWERTY March 31, 2012 at 06:57 PM
This hoodie thing is getting out of hand, people are taking it too literally. Wearing a hoodie doesn't mean you're a thug, however some thugs wear hoodies! Hoodie aside, if you don't want people to think you a thug, don't potentially dress like one!
Wolfe March 31, 2012 at 09:23 PM
It is the character of the person not the style of the clothing that defines a person. Stereotypes, some new (like the hoodie) and some old, are just baseless. They come from the minds of small-minded people who live in worlds in which they only have themselves to explore. I own several sweatshirt jackets with hoods on them and I am the furthest thing from a "gangsta" that anyone could ever be.
Wolfe March 31, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Stereotypes are a form of bigotry that people place in your head when you are young and you believe it the rest of your life. They do not reflect reality. Not every Irishman is a drunk. I am sure that at least 75% of the women in England are good cooks. I know many black men and women, yet none of the people I have met over my lifetime have served prison-time. I know men and women of Mexican and Purto Rican descent who can't speak Spanish. So, Zoo, your stereotype ideology has failed to meet it's marker.
Wolfe March 31, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Qwerty, I have been wearing "hoodies" for over 30 years. They're comfortable. Am I supposed to stop because I MAY be mistaken for a "thug"?? Look at my picture---I'm wearing one there!! Just don't be afraid to get to know people BEFORE passing judgement down on them.
Alex March 31, 2012 at 10:24 PM
All depends when and where. If you have your hoody up on a rainy day then no it's not suspicious. If you're wearing your hoody up on a sunny day, then yeah that's suspicious. Hoodys have many practical uses, but they are also used to hide the faces of criminals committing crimes as well. I always try to use another example: ski masks. What if someone walked into a bank with a ski mask on? People would feel really uncomfortable to the point I bet someone would call the police. Why? Because it's suspicious behavior by the way someone is dressed. They may not do anything illegal, but we're going to be cautious of something out of the norm. Hoodys have also earned that reputation, especially inside buildings when people keep their hoods on. If you remove your hood, you look a lot less suspicious. Relating to this case, walking in the rain with a hoody is not out of the norm and not suspicious by itself but there were also other factors in this unfortunate incident.
Billy the Kid April 01, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I agree with Alex, this was Florida ,isn't it HOT in Florida,it was Hot in Conn.at that time,not everyone who has on a Hoodie is going to commit a crime.It does make People suspicious because when you see footage of a Bank or Store that was robbed,most of the time the person(whatever Race) tries to hide their face.
QWERTY April 02, 2012 at 02:12 AM
That's a choice you're going to have to make, not me. People pass judgement on others every second of the day! It's human nature.

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