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The Victimhoodie or the Perk Disguise

CARTOON BY  BOB GORRELL
FOLLOWING THE MARTIN-ZIMMERMAN INCIDENT MOST PEOPLE NEVER PAID ANY ATTENTION TO HOODIES.  BUT BEFORE THAT I HAD NOTICED THAT MANY OF THE SMASH AND GRAB INCIDENTS IN THE MAJOR CITIES WERE CARRIED OUT BY BOYS AND MEN WEARING HOODIES.  YOU SEE, THE HOODIE GIVES THEM SOME PROTECTION FROM ALL THE CCTV CAMERAS FOUND IN PUBLIC PLACES.  MANY OF THESE PETTY CRIMINALS HAVE TAKEN TO WEAR THE HOODIE, NOT JUST TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE PRYING EYES IN THE SKY, BUT AS A BADGE OF HONOR.  SOMETHING THAT MAKES THEM STAND OUT AMONG THEIR PEERS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME HIDING THEIR IDENTITY FROM ANY WOULD BE VICTIM.  THE HOODIE ON THE HEAD OF A YOUNG MAN HAS BECOME SOMETHING TO BE FEARED AND IT DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR THE YOUNG MEN OF THE INNER CITY TO BE WEARING THEM.  WE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR.  TO HIDE THEIR FACES FROM THEIR VICTIMS.
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