The Hoodie Becomes Culture War Flashpoint

Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot Feb. 26 in a gated community in Florida. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt at the time of the shooting, which has led lawmakers, celebrities and and private citizens to weigh in, many while wearing the piece of clothing.

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  1. In recent days, a couple of blogs emerged on the service tumblr featuring people wearing hooded sweatshirts such as I am Trayvon Martin and I Could Be Trayvon. Here are a couple of recent posts to those sites. 
  2. #iamtrayvonmartin How suspicious do I, the mother of a 24 year-old son who could very well be Trayvon Martin, look? #justice4trayvon #millionhoodies
  3. I had my hoodie on all day last Wednesday for Million Hoodies March awareness... I even had the hood on my head as I ran from the lightrail station to my school four blocks away. I had sunglasses on, a...
  4. News reports talked about the "Million Hoodie" march in New York's Union Square last week. That spurred six NY state lawmakers to also wear hoodies as reported in this article, linked below. 
  5. Celebrities took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the death of Trayvon Martin, including P. Diddy, Chaka Khan and others. The entire Miami Heat team also posted a picture of the team in hoodies on LeBron James' twitter account, linked below. 
  6. As of March 27, had reached over two million signatures in their petition to arrest George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla.