After the results of both the Trayvon Martin shooting and the George Zimmerman trial and acquittal, I have give much thought to what might have started the problem.
I honestly DO NOT think it has anything to do with profiling, race or prejudice.
I honestly believe that it has to do with the Hoody itself. Stop and think about this. If you watch television at all, most all The News programing, the reality shows such as Cops, America’s Dumbest Criminals and others, and other shows like The Wire or any of the dozens of crime dramas, they all have one thing in common.
WELL OVER 50% OF THE YOUNG CRIMINALS ARE WEARING HOODYS AND WITH THE HOOD UP.
When i see someone wearing a Hoody with the hood down, I pay no attention to them. I go about my business and ignore them.
If I am passing someone wearing a Hoody with the hood up, especially at night, I don’t look to see the color of their skin. I look to see where their hands are and I pay close attention to what they are doing. And I stay alert to them until I get well past them.
AND WHY IS THIS.
Because, by now, we have been programed to expect ANYONE wearing a Hoody with the hood up, to be a criminal and up to NO GOOD.
Maybe it’s time that we STOPPED allowing our young people to glorify the “GANGSTA” look.
MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR THE PARENTS TO START BEING PARENTS AND NOT JUST FRIENDS WITH THEIR CHILDREN.