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HOODIES
IN THE HOOD
IN THE HOODIE

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“…Still the garment’s meaning remains mixed.
Even the word “hoodie” has echoes of racial overtones,
differentiated only by prepositions and suffixes.
In the hood.
From the hood.
Hoodlum, derived from “hudelum,”
found in a 19th-century German dialect, meaning ruffian….”

“…Things pre-exist the meanings they acquire,” Hunt said.
“Black people have endured the perception that people have about criminality.
There’s certain beliefs that some people have about young black men
that often lead them to fear them, unjustified.
It stands to reason that the hoodie as a style and symbol
changed when young black men chose to wear it. …
White youths and older folks in hoodies have relatively benign meanings.”
“… “I’ll never think of a hoodie the same way I used to,” Maree, 
organizer of the NYC’s Million Hoodie March, said.
“While I didn’t think about this on the outset,
it’s become a way to confront our initial or subliminal reactions to race.
 It’s subconscious,
but when people start to confront their initial reactions,
we’ll see progress.”

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