hoodsThe “hoodie” has long been a fashion statement, but today it seems to be turning into a more serious conversation.

What was sparked by the Trayvon Martin killing has spilled over into numerous incidents around the country where the “hoodie” somehow now signifies more than a person simply wearing a hooded sweatshirt.  Just recently, 22 year old Ricardo Sanes was shot and killed in Florida because the shooter felt threatened by Sanes’ sagging pants and having his hands in the pockets of his hoodie. And, in Detroit, standout high school football player Jayru Campbell’s hoodie may have ignited what resulted in the full body slam of a school security guard.

There is nothing that can ever justify the shooting of an unarmed person, and certainly not a clothing item. And, without knowing the whole story of Campbell’s situation, there are too many variables to draw a reasonable conclusion at this juncture.

Our perception of others based on appearances seems to be getting out of hand, and must stop. Character and intent are not apparent in ones clothing.  Yet, it is no secret that clothing items have come to signal, albeit incorrectly, that the wearer is worthy of suspicion, aggressive or violent behavior.

Banks and businesses have even taken to posting “No hoods allowed” signs on their doors. Guess that’s a clear indication to any potential criminal that they should don a shirt and tie if they want to avoid suspicion and remain safe.