Way too often we hear stories about people being mis-identified as criminals, and losing their lives because of it. Many black men constantly fear coming across as "threatening"... even if it's just during a walk down the street.
And with commentary like this in the media, their anxiety is warranted.
For black men, even a staple article of clothing can carry a loaded meaning.
And it's not just hoodies, either.
Some men feel they can't wear certain colors because they must avoid being associated with a certain gang.
What to wear is a constant internal debate.
And it can seem like a lost cause when even dressing up can't guarantee they won't be read as a threat.
While the media likes to blame the way people dress for why they're profiled as dangerous... there's a lot more to it than just that.
And although these perceptions exist, the way someone dresses, or the color of their skin, doesn't define the character of that person.