Here’s another young black man in a hoodie who was shot and killed — murdered — while unarmed and defenseless. You may remember him, especially if you live in Oakland like I do. RIP Oscar Grant.

P.S. if you think this just supports Rivera’s point, then fuck you. (Hint: it’s the racism, stupid.)

Here’s another young black man in a hoodie who was shot and killed — murdered — while unarmed and defenseless. You may remember him, especially if you live in Oakland like I do. RIP Oscar Grant.

P.S. if you think this just supports Rivera’s point, then fuck you. (Hint: it’s the racism, stupid.)


The way I dress elicits several responses from different types of people. I notice how people react to me when I am wearing a hoodie, especially when I tell them that I happen to also be a director.

“Really? Wow.”

That reaction is a whisper to racism. Not what I am wearing.


Representative Bobby Rush, D-IL.



This is a user submission (and I seem to have lost the attribution, sorry — if you send it to me I’ll add it back in). The text is kind of hard to read in the small version, but it says: “Sorry I killed all those kids, America. We’re good, right? — Hoodie.”

This is a user submission (and I seem to have lost the attribution, sorry — if you send it to me I’ll add it back in). The text is kind of hard to read in the small version, but it says: “Sorry I killed all those kids, America. We’re good, right? — Hoodie.”


"Hoodies are not a weapon, sometimes, you’re just tryin’ to keep the rain off of your head."

"Hoodies are not a weapon, sometimes, you’re just tryin’ to keep the rain off of your head."


"I’m a white secretary, student, and parent, and when I wear my hoodie, I don’t fear for my life. No one should fear the death penalty for their choice of clothing."

"I’m a white secretary, student, and parent, and when I wear my hoodie, I don’t fear for my life. No one should fear the death penalty for their choice of clothing."


What was George Zimmerman wearing when he shot Trayvon Martin? Did his outfit contribute to his paranoia and vigilantism? Discussing the hoodie is as ridiculous as trying to come up with an answer to that question.
Roxane Gay, "A Place Where We Are Everything," The Rumpus

I, a fortysomething white mother of two, am also clearly a menace to society.


These otherwise adorable children aren’t just wearing hoodies; they’re wearing Public Enemy hoodies. ‘nuff said.

(They’re also my daughters.)