The Innocent Hoodie

Prior to the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, I had a different reason for noticing hoodies.

I have noticed that in the hollywood world, typically when the Hero is being pursued by the bad guys, here is what would happen:

1. He passes by someone’s house where the laundry is being hung out to dry

2. There WILL be a black hoodie jacket, which will magically be his exact size

3. He will take it and that becomes his clothing of choice on the run

4. The bad guys are never in hoodies, and they tend to be in suits

Oh, the poor anonymous house-owners who can never keep their hoodies from being stolen by these good heros!

I am asian. So, when I think of hoodies, I associate it with a look like this:


Hee Jun, mugshot for American Idol 2012

Pretty mild and geeky looking, you would say. But when the person is black, what goes through your mind?

I applaud what Congressman Bobby Rush did on the floor of the House of Representatives. He removed his suit to reveal a hoodie and put on a pair of sunglasses to demonstrate a point.


“Racial profiling has to stop,” he declared on the House floor.

Let us all lift the hood off our eyes, and look without prejudice.

And who knows, with what is going on in the world today, the biggest robbers may indeed be the ones in suits. Just like what the hollywood writers have foretold all this time.


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