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March 28th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Hoodie's evolution from fashion mainstay to symbol of injustice

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

(CNN) - Whether you're a high schooler or Ted Kaczynski, a soccer mom or a Rocky Balboa fan, you've likely embraced the hooded sweatshirt at some point in life.

For all its comfort and simplicity, the hoodie leads a dual life. Utilitarian and homogenous in form, hooded garments have been wardrobe staples of monks and hip-hop stars, Silicon Valley programmers and tycoons alike.

Yet it still carries a social stigma that has made it the object of legislative bans and political speeches. Now, amid widespread outcry over the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the hoodie has become a symbol of social injustice.

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  1. Tony Kaye

    Dawkins is pathetic.

    March 30, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dduke

    Hoodiez for hoods

    March 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dduke

    Gettin so a black can't wear a hood in 90 degree weather ib a crime ridden neighborhood and get a cab in this town.

    Pure racism, makes no sense....hahahaha

    March 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bl4ck0utsUn

    AMEN, to the (D) Ill, congress man! It's time American's wakeup! Psych testing for anyone carrying a weapon! Police, soldiers and civilians alike! If you are a bigit, pregitis, PTSD, &you can't serve all Americans equally without bias, you don't deserve a weapon! Stop the insanity!

    March 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • L.A. Law

      What does the (D) stand for? Dopey? Childish display of defiance. Lack of respect for proper decorum .... (D) for dope from IL.

      March 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dduke

      If you're a black, which implies poor impulse control, you can't own a firearm....stop the insanity!

      Ohhh wait they don't own, they steal

      March 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. L.A. Law

    EYNow, thousands of people, many of whome, normally would not wear hoodies, have turned the hoodie into a symbol of defiance. In your face and what are you going to do about it? BRILLIANT!

    March 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |