Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On Hoodies and Flag Pins

Several places (like the county where Trayvon Martin was killed) want to ban hoodies. Also the NBA and England. This is nonsense, of course.

The hoodie is the current uniform of choice for teenagers who want to show their independence by dressing just like everyone else. In that it is just like platform shoes on streetwalkers and flag pins on politicians.

Nobody wears a hooded sweatshirt in triple digit heat because it is comfortable. Nobody things a woman staggering on stilts looks alluring. And all wearing costume jewelry says about a politician is that his patriotism is cheap and tacky.

No city council has suggested that banning stripper shoes will magically end prostitution in their community. Banning flag pins will not make political candidates suddenly start discussing substantial issues.

Just to prove how easily the imagery can change, here are:
A hoodie hooker
A platform shoe planter
An honest politician's flag pin

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The whole thing is stupid and monumentally racist. I wear sweatshirts all the time in temperatures that would amaze you. All of these "freedom from government" guys don't believe it at all. They want the freedom to oppress people they don't like, and, let's be honest, they come from a long cultural background of hating blacks. This has nothing to do with sweatshirts and everything to do with racism.