Friday, May 30, 2014

I'm Crossing the Street with NO Apologies to Trayvon Martin's Family

(Three days ago) The three suspects who were all wearing hoodies....[link]
 After hearing that Mark Cuban apologized to the parents of Trayvon Martin for making a comment about black youth and hoodies, I decided to do some research.
“If I see a black kid in a hoodie, and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. If on that side of the street there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street.”  

 “In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”  

Robberies where suspects were wearing hoodies

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It went from a regular lunch hour at the strip center to a shootout. Two men wearing hoodies and masks and carrying guns robbed the Game Stop store, shoving stolen X-boxes and games into their car trunk. Less than 22  hours ago: (No race or even names were given of suspects or fatally wounded robber)

The robbers were wearing masks and hoodies in both robberies, according to investigators. little boy runs from robbers of convenience store and its patrons VIDEO What I find troubling is there was no description of these men who were still on the loose when this video aired.  I saw at least one black and one white man, the other was never in the shot that I could see.

McDonalds - they come in through the drive-thru window
McDonalds robberies "the reason the police are having such a hard time cracking these cases is, even with video surveillance, the robbers have their faces covered with masks or hoodies most of the time". 

CCTV footage shows several of the hoodie-wearing suspects (all AA males) within the service station store.

Both suspects are African-American males. The first is 5’10, weighs about 180 pounds and is between 25-30 years of age. He was last seen wearing a blue hoodie,  The second suspect, seen in this photo, is 6’2, weighs about 150 pounds and was last seen wearing a red hoodie.

The robber is described as a white male, about 6'0 and wearing a gray hoodie and black gloves.

Police report a suspect wearing a pink hoodie with “PEACE” in large letters above “College” in smaller letters forced the store clerk to surrender the money by pointing a small silver revolver at the clerk. The suspect was described as a black male from 5’11″ to 6’1″ tall...

Man in blue hoodie robs Powell bank 

Armed Robber In A Hoodie Pulls Gun On Stanton Clerk’s First Day Alone On The Job (Video) -- On Saturday, an AM/PM gas station mini-mart in Garden Grove was held up by a suspect wearing a similar hoodie. 

Armed suspect wore neon green hoodie during Perry twp. 5/3rd bank robbery (AA)

Laundry day? Though he's wearing a grey hoodie in the January 19 robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in Yardley, Pennsylvania

A mustachioed man wearing a red hoodie robbed a Bank of America on SW 117th Avenue in Kendall Monday afternoon

The suspect is linked to at least nine other metro area robberies and in almost every case he wears a gray hooded sweatshirt 

The suspect in the case is described as B/M, 6'-6'2, 170-180 lbs, 21-23 years old, with a scruffy face, possibly wearing gloves. The suspect was wearing a black hoodie that he had pulled up over his head.

Armed robber wears distinctive hoodie -- If he's worn the hoodie before, or wears it again, he should be relatively easy to spot. 

Robber Wearing Dark Hoodie Hits Santa Ana Subway Shop 4 Times In 2 Months.

Police: Woman in pink hoodie sought in armed robbery at local Walmart

Police are looking for a man who wore sunglasses, blue jeans and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt when he robbed a Chesterfield bank...

Hooded suspect robbed South Bay banks. A hoodie-wearing suspect is sought in two bank robberies in Sunnyvale and San Jose. Both photos show a tall, Caucasian male wearing a baseball cap and hooded sweatshirt.

American Airlines C.U. Hoodie robber

The department released surveillance images of the robbers. Their identities were obscured by Volcom brand hooded sweatshirts that zip to the top

The suspect is a black male, 6'1", medium build, with a goatee, wearing a black hoodie, black pants,

Woman Shot, Killed at Indiana Store -- ChicagoSurveillance video of a weekend robbery at Lucky Mart Foods shows a man in a dark hoodie and black pants enter the store with a gun.

FBI Seeks Assistance Identifying Armed Bank Robber and ...
bank robbery suspect. The subject is described as a male black, in his late20s to early 30s, and between 5'7” to 5'10” tall. He was wearing a red hoodie

Hoodie Bandit's robbery spree comes to an end

He was wearing a dark hoodie with light jeans, a black beanie style hat and black tennis shoes. The second suspect is also described as a black male wearing a hoodie

The video shows the armed robber walking right behind the counter pointing that assault rifle right at the clerk, and wearing a black and white hoodie

... a gray hoodie, gloves and blue jeans. The suspect fled the location on foot and was seen headed southbound.

The suspect is a W/M wearing a red hoodie, dark pants, and white tennis shoes.

2 armed robbers ambush Publix in Dr. Phillips. A man in a hoodie demands cash from the Customer Service desk

This is one of two serial robbers the FBI is trying to catch. In this Jan. 31 heist, the man in the hooded jacket robbed a Regions Bank branch at 4706 South Kingshighway.

Broward Sheriff deputies are searching for an armed robbery suspect dubbed Red Riding Hood for the red hoodie worn during a holdup at a Walgreens in Tamarac

... average build, wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt with hoodie pulled over head

Suspect 2: White male in his 20's, 5'8”, 160, wearing a black hoodie

The suspect was wearing a black hoodie, black track pants

West side BP station robbed by man wearing alien hoodie

Durham police identified the suspect in the red hoodie as De'rese Anderson.

21-year-old Brooklyn man who was arrested and charged with a brutal robbery was caught after he was allegedly captured on surveillance footage wearing a distinctive hooded sweatshirt emblazoned with his nickname.

Surveillance video from inside the National Jewelry Buyers store on Coors Boulevard shows a man with a grey hoodie red bandana over his face.

Eboni Pydde wore a hoodie and low-slung jeans during the robbery.

... hoodie with the words “Flyer Than Most” on the front. The suspect has been armed with a blue steel semi-automatic handgun

Police are looking for two (hooded) men in the robbery Monday afternoon of the EZ Payday Advance

Police are searching for this man, a white male, approximately 5' 10”, about 200 pounds and wearing a gray hoodie

He was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt with the word Everlast in white writing on the front

RAPE and Hoodies

A 'Location' goggle-hoodie like the one worn by the rapist. An evil sex fiend wore a bizarre jacket with built-in GOGGLES while he attacked a schoolgirl in ..

FBI joins SFPD in hunt for serial rapist; new video and sketch released; $25,000 reward offered
"That looks like at least 25% of the people I see on BART. Seriously, why do all you fuckers wear hoodies?"

Detectives release sketch of White Center rapist. Courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office. WHITE CENTER, Wash. -- King County sheriff's detectives hope a ...

Cops described the assailant as a 25-year-old dark-skinned male with a long goatee. The five-foot-seven, 170-to-200-pound suspect was wearing a black hoodie at the time of the attack

Page by Alexa Vaughn - The rape suspect is described as a black male, around 20 years old, about 5-foot-5, 170-180 pounds who was wearing a gray hoodie.

DCPI NYPD is searching for a rapist - clad in a black hoodie, black sweatpants and a Yankees cap -

She told police she was taken to a top-floor building landing and raped by a man wearing a green hoodie

The next day two young girls were walking in the area of 80th Street and NE Seventh Avenue – approximately eight blocks from where the sexual assault took place — when they said a man got out of a black Impala, pulled a gray hood of a sweatshirt up over his head and pulled out a gun. “Hey come over here,” the man reportedly yelled at the children.

The suspect was described by police as a light-skinned black or Latino man between the ages of 17 and 25. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie and green sweatpants.

They describe the attacker as a man in his late teens, about 5ft 8ins tall, with dark skin and slim build, and wearing a black leather jacket and a hoodie (see pic).  The fifteen year old girl was grabbed off the street, drug into an area where she was raped at knife point.  Should she have walked on the other side of the street?

Hooded blk male rapes and murders 10 yr old and her mother, chases and rapes a 50 year old woman.

The suspect was wearing a cap, hooded sweatshirt and jogging pants.

Three armed suspects break into home and attack the person inside. ... 130-150 pounds with short dreadlocks and wearing a black hoodie

 say tied up six family members during a home invasion Wednesday evening in ... They were wearing hoodies.

Officers have not released a detailed description of the suspect, except to say he's white, smelled of cigarette smoke and was wearing a hoodie.

Suspect #1 – Black male adult, grey hoodie, dark colored pants and shoes, 5’10 – 6’, medium build, armed with a black handgun.

Suspect #2 – Black male adult, dark grey hoodie, dark colored pants and shoes, 5’10”, 200lbs.

Suspect #3 – Black male adult, light colored hoodie and pants, 6’, medium build.

Due to time constraints I didn't get to home invasions (the above involved rape), or car-jackings....but you get the point.  Hoodies are great when it's cold outside....but once you are in the bank or the store, take it down as not to appear menacing to the staff and customers.  The hoodie is stereotyped for a reason and it didn't start with Trayvon Martin or Geraldo Rivera.  Reality and common sense dictates a youth in a hoodie, especially a black youth in a hoodie walking into a bank or hanging out in front of homes where he doesn't belong is going to be suspect.  It is what it is.  What it isn't is a stereotype that is anyone's fault other than the black (and white), youths wearing hoodies to hide their faces while committing crimes.  It is absurd to fault anyone for making a distinction - in fact, it's a distinction that could save your life.

Maybe someone should call this company and have them apologize to Sybrina Fulton for their depiction of a hooded armed robber in their security brochure...

If the reader believes I purposely profiled black males, the reader would be wrong, I used the terms "hoodies + robbery" and "hoodies + rape" in google images.

By the way, I'm with Mark, I'd cross the street if I met up with this guy late at night as well.  No one raised a fuss about this stereotype though.

I would run screaming to the other side of the street

There are all kinds of Stereotypes and EVERYONE is Guilty
Someone who is a follower of mine on Twitter opined that the "black-youth-hoodie-stereotype" could get black youth killed...and insinuated white people perpetuate it.  I say ignoring a certain profile in certain situations could get people killed too. There are many labels and stereotypes that, if viewed out loud and negatively, could get people who walk to a different drummer killed as well.  Most of the time we are correct when we stereotype (and sometimes not),  it's what we do to avoid  judgment that sets us apart.  The following is meant to be light-hearted but still send a message.
What?? You asked her "how much" in front of your buddies and she's not a hooker? Danger? She could be raped.  Most serial killers choose prostitutes.
You asked her if she watched the "L" Word and found out she's just from Minnesota?? Danger? She could be bullied and/or killed.  

I'm sure there would be no stereotype here, right? Danger?  He could be bullied and killed.
You are about to win a million if you can answer a trig question correctly - which one do you ask (without knowing either)  Danger?  Depends on your answer.