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Do I Look “Suspicious” To You?

If I strolled through a suburban neighborhood at 7PM on a Sunday night, do you think I would get shot by a “self-appointed neighborhood watch captain”?



How about now?


If I DID get shot by a man who pursued me after 911 told him not to, do you think the cops would take his word (that there was a scuffle) at face value? Would he be arrested, or at least taken into custody for further questioning? Or just left at the scene?

How long do you think it would be before he was facing charges? A day? A week? Surely within a month.

Trayvon Martin’s problem wasn’t the hoodie he was wearing. His “mistake” was being a young black man, instead of (say) an overweight middle-aged white lady.

17 comments to Do I Look “Suspicious” To You?

  • Point well made. This is absolutely heart breaking.

  • Erika- Just put DOWN the skittles and no one gets hurt.
    I like hoodies.
    Feels like when they say a woman in attractive clothes was ‘asking for it’.
    Just stupid. And sad.
    XO SaraJ

  • Erika

    It’s exactly the same as “she was asking for it,” you’re so right about that! (And just as bogus, obviously.)

  • The whole thing makes me so angry. Trayvon is EVERYONE’s son.

    Thank you for posting this.

  • I wish I could “like” all the responses here. Make no mistake racism is still alive and well in this country.

    I was just reading today that some folks are complaining that they made characters in the Hunger Games movie black and that it ruined the movie for them. Did they not actually read the book?

    Makes me sad. I am wearing a hoodie until that man is locked up. He is a danger. :O(

  • Heidi

    What makes it even more horrible is the way people are justifying what happened and trying to twist it so he somehow instigated the attack. Makes me sick…

  • Xeres



    Maybe everyone should do the opposite of boycott, and EVERYone wear hoodies, til it is apparent how stupid and preventable that whole thing was. Love to his family.

  • Ginny

    What amazes me is the Neighborhood Watch Jackbooted Thug disobeyed a direct order from the police and killed someone! and he was not taken into custody at all?

    I live in Florida and my MIL is Jewish. You should see how that plays out in North Florida. Sheesh!!!

  • Sara

    I don’t follow the newsfeeds … but I do listen to Stephanie Miller in the mornings. I heard there that this same Neighborhood Watch Jackbooted Thug* has called 911 on >40 occasions in the past year … reporting black people going about their lives.

    The News labels so many things as “tragedy” that it seems overblown: “Baby loses candy! TRAGEDY!!!”

    This situation is a tragedy and a travesty. I hope our society becomes better for it.

    *thanks, Ginny!

  • Jennifer

    Totally. I had a very heated argument on facebook over this very topic. The other person was from California and was putting forth the straw man (is that right logical terminology?) that we control our image and that the hoodie was a threatening image. She said in her city, hoodies are a sign of dangerous people. I said so many, many things in response, but the main points were 1) Hoodies are worn by almost everyone these days. The reaction to them is based on other clues, such as facial expression, posture, and race. Hoodies are not the problem. 2) The message given off by the wearer of anything is not necessarily the message you think you are receiving. Example: A short skirt may say “I feel sexy and have nice legs.” It generally doesn’t mean “rape me, please.” Young people often dress in a more aggressive manner, so even if one agreed that hoodies are threatening (which I dispute), it’s no reason to attack someone, much less kill them. As in the animal kingdom, a threatening choice of clothing (metal t-shirt, goth hair, etc) often means the owner feels a little insecure and wants you to leave him or her alone. It’s not an invitation for trouble.

    I really feel for this boy’s family, and I really REALLY hope justice is finally done in his case and in all the related ones that no doubt exist out there. Thank goodness there were journalists that followed the story to keep the light shining on it.

  • Erika

    Good for you! And I think you’re on the right track – WEARING CLOTHING is not in and of itself a threatening act. Waving a gun around is a threatening act. Walking around with a knife in your hand is a threatening act. Following some guy in a car is a threatening act.

    Walking down the street wearing clothing? Not a threatening act. It doesn’t matter what that clothing is, it’s not an excuse for murder.

  • Otter

    Thank you. Why that person hasn’t been arrested YET is a mystery.

  • Mich

    Didn’t he have a bottle of tea? Must not have been sweet, we southeners are serious about our sweet tea…

    Seriously though, crap like this almost makes me wish that the world would end in Dec. Let’s shoot someone based on skin color and not face consequences, or let’s decide a whole gender are sluts…and how many steps away are we from deciding all muslims are dangerous and just killing them all?

  • Northmoon

    I don’t follow the news much so I just have a sketchy outline of this story, but it seems crazy to me that the yahoo with the gun hasn’t been arrested yet. Even if his charge will be reduced from premeditated murder and his sentence will no doubt be pretty light, at least charge him!

    Makes me want to go out and buy a hoodie.

  • Omly

    Last week my work had a hoody day in support and solidarity. It was amazing to see the campus filled with people all conscious of this issue.