“Former Black Panther Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) made quite a fuss when he donned a “hoodie” during a speech in the U.S. House of Representatives until he was escorted out. At the time, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “applauded his courage” for doing so. 

Meanwhile, back home in Rush’s district, two men wearing hooded sweatshirts, or “hoodies,” were the shooters in an incident that left one dead and five injured. 

In fact, during a span of six-hours Thursday night, 13 people were shot, leaving two dead in Chicago. It would seem it takes more courage to simply walk down the street in Rush’s district than it does to wear a hooded sweatshirt in the House of Representatives by way of a stunt in a bizarre tribute to a young man shot and killed in Florida during a shooting incident still under investigation. …”


Before I start receiving an onslaught of “what you got against hoodie” comments from those who purport to speak in defense of hoodies, let me save you the time by saying, STUFF IT!


While wearing a hoodie is in the eye of the beholder, let me say that there is not one parent out there who has said to their teenager or young adult child, “take that damn hoodie off of your head in the house” or “take that damn hoodie off of your head, I can’t see your face” or better yet “it’s too hot to have that hoodie covering your face like that.  Take it off your head.”


In other words, there is not one parent who has not cursed the hoodie at one time or another.  




Moreover, how many of us have walked down a street or through a parking lot at night (even during the day) only to realize that someone wearing a hoodie covering his face was not far behind possibly waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike at us?  

How many of us ride NYC subway and refuse to fall asleep on the train because the person sitting next to us or across from us is slumped in his seat with a hoodie covering his face leaving you at a disadvantage of seeing his face or his expression?


How many of us have been victimized by a person wearing a hoodie?


How many of us know of someone who has been victimized by hoodie wearing thugs?


All of the above being said let us not get all damned pc over flipping hoodies.  Spare me the hyperbole because I am not interested.


While not everyone who wears a hoodie is a thug, hoodies and facemasks have proven beneficial for those out there committing these crimes regardless of age, ethnicity and gender.

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