|In memory of Trayvon Martin|
My very white 20 y/o son also wears a hoodie, a dark navy one, just like many of the kids here in Los Angeles, both in the suburbs and urban areas. Some of these kids are looking for trouble, but most are not. They're just wearing what everyone else wears. Hoodies are warm and comfy and just right for our climate -- and for Florida's climate.
One of my 50-something grandmother friends wears a hoodie. From the back, with our hoodies up, no one would know our race or age, just that we're both on the short side and could stand to lose few pounds, like many of the women and girls in this area.
Should any of us have to fear for our lives walking through a neighborhood at night wearing an article of clothing that millions wear, simply because some trouble-makers also wear it? Of course not. This issue is much deeper than hoodies.
The first person I heard commenting on the hoodie issue was a black man. From what I was able to gather, he thought young black people shouldn't wear hoodies because it was somehow lowering themselves, or it was a symbol of something, I'm not sure what, but it wasn't good. I pretty much ignored him, but the comment stuck in my brain.
Since then, I've heard hoodie mentioned several times in the past few days in relation to this tragedy, and I'm trying to wrap my head around it. Somehow, the hoodie has become a symbol of what happened that night.
All that said, I'm praying for Trayvon's family, his former school, even Mr. Zimmerman, the man who killed him. Sin and prejudice have far reaching ramifications, and many, many people have been hurt by this.
*and yes, I believe Trayvon was murdered, but that's a topic for another day and time