Racial profiling of black people wearing hooded sweatshirts
Sejuti Mourin of DOT
7 years ago, hoodies became a talking point after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while wearing one. Unfortunately, the incident hasn’t curtailed the racial profiling of black people wearing hooded sweatshirts.
Trayvon Martin was an unarmed American 17-year-old killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, sparking national controversy. Trayvon Martin was born in Florida on February 5, 1995. An athletically-inclined teen with an eye towards aviation, Martin had no criminal record when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman’s initial release and later arrest sparked a national debate over racial profiling and the role of armed neighborhood watch members in law enforcement. On July 13, 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder.
The Trayvon Martin Foundation was established in 2012, with thousands having taken to the streets across America to protest the circumstances surrounding the teen’s death.
First one Rep. Boobby Rush (D-IL) was kicked off the House floor in 2012.for wearing a hoodie to honor Trayvon. Racial profiling has got to stop, said Mr. Speaker. Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum. The member will suspend.
Second one in 2018, actor Chris Jarell. He said, “he was kicked out of a restaurant because of this hoodie. He was told to leave while a white male customer in a hoodie continued his meal. He addded that ‘ and I’m just like , “I don’t undersatnd”. He has a hoodie on. I have a hoodie on. What’s the difference?’ And he was like , ‘Oh, that’s the owner’s cousin.’
Third one in November 2018, a group of four black men were escorted from a Memphis mall for wearing hoodies. They were allegedly violating the mall’s “no hoddie” dress code. One man was placed in handcuffs. After the incident, these women wore hoodies at the same mall to prove a point about racial profiling. One of the women talked about it on Fox 13. It just struck a chord in us that we could do that. We could wear whatever we wanted.
Source: Brut( Facebook Page), CNN