Hoodies have played a surprisingly large role in the debate surrounding the Trayvon Martin tragedy. The preferred article of clothing of athletes, college kids, hipsters and generally lazy people has become a national symbol of support for the teen and his family as the tragedy unfolds.
The role of the hoodie in Martin’s killing is sad, but simple: the 17-year-old was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he was walking down the street in George Zimmerman’s neighborhood. The details are still foggy about what happened next, but many reports allege Zimmerman felt threatened, and there was an altercation. Zimmerman, who was on patrol as a neighborhood watch volunteer, then fatally shot Martin.
The hooded sweatshirt’s role in the tragedy may have slipped by unnoticed, as such sartorial choices usually are. But then Fox’s Geraldo Rivera stepped in. Instead…
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