The Hoodie Threat

Earlier this week Richard Cohen wrote a controversial column in the Washington Post arguing that it totally made sense for George Zimmerman to be suspicious of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin because Martin was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, a “uniform we all recognize.”

In reaction many pointed out that, well no, that is not a valid reason for suspicion. Law-abiding people wear such garments all the time. There’s no better way to explain this than a picture, however. Here’s my favorite, created by the medical students at Howard University:


Your future doctors, wearing the uniform we all recognize.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer