The Power of a Hoodie:
Explicit Damage of an Implicit Bias

Arin N. Reeves
March 25, 2012

How has the tragic death of a black teenager in Sanford, Florida become symbolized by a hoodie – a sweatshirt with a hood that is a wardrobe staple for every high school and college student in America?

George Zimmerman – a biracial man of white and Hispanic descent – is accused of shooting and killing Trayvon – an unarmed teenager who was returning from a 7-11 snack run to his home in a gated Florida community. George was the watch captain for the neighborhood. Trayvon was a boy who lived in the neighborhood. Trayvon was shot to death by George, but George has not yet been arrested as of the date of this blog because he says he killed Trayvon in self-defense. Further facts are available to anyone who seeks them, but this blog is not about an adjudication of these facts…it is about the hoodie that Trayvon was wearing when he was shot to death.

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