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Washington Post on Hoodies: Perfect and Utilitarian, or the Uniform of Thugs?

Washington Post Sells Hoodies

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote this morning that Trayvon Martin was killed because he was wearing "a certain uniform," one that he tells Politico are "what's worn by a whole lot of thugs."

That uniform—a hooded sweatshirt—is described like this on the Post's online store (brought to Washington City Paper's attention by the Huffington Post's Aaron Bycoffe):

"The hoodie: the perfect utilitarian piece of clothing. Stay warm and comfy cozy in your pullover Hooded Sweatshirt."

Since the copy doesn't say "stay alive," maybe there's no literal conflict between Cohen's notion that hoodies are for thugs and his employer's notion that hoodies are perfect. (Between the column and his comments to Politico, it's hard not to wonder if for Cohen, the tragedy of Martin's death is that it makes Cohen feel like a racist for thinking young black men in hoodies are obviously dangerous.) If you'd like to help Cohen look like the thug his column makes clear he is, you can order a Post hoodie sent to:

Richard Cohen

c/o The Washington Post

1150 15th St. NW

Washington, DC 20071

 

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  • Matt

    Yes, give him a bunch of free clothes. That'll teach him!

  • dddd

    What a tool. He probably doesn't have kids or hang out with anybody younger than 70.

    Hoodies are the lounge outfit for everybody.

  • Mike Madden

    @ Matt:

    Ha, well, I guess that's a good point. But he wouldn't wear them, anyway, he thinks they're for thugs!

  • Purify

    Great marketing by the Post. They'll probably make more money from the four people buying this hoodie and sending it to Cohen than they've made from the print version of their paper in the last 15 months.

  • lovessoldier

    A white hoodie is quite appropriate for Cohen....

  • noodlez

    LOVESOLDIER SAID IT ALL!

  • GoldCoastKid

    I agree with him. who the hell wears hoodies anyway? Athletes and criminals.
    My pop always warned me that the donning of a hoodie is just another way of telling people that your want to look like a criminal.
    Also, its an easy way to get beat up. anyone can sneak up behind you and rob you, and you'll never see them.

    So I agree with Cohen. Hoodies are for idiots

  • GoldCoastKid

    Noodlez is an idiot by the way.

  • lovessoldier

    GOLDCOASTKID=Last time I checked this was AMERICA home of the free. We are not an Arab nation so implying we should dictate what others wear is IDIOTIC at best. Your PERSONAL wardrobe choices are that = PERSONAL. Hoodies are worn by folks who like HOODS mostly... I could say birkenstocks are stupid and should only be worn by lesbians, but I am not an idiot or an imperalistic jerk who thinks I can dictate what others wear. It is a FREE country, live in it...

  • mike

    are the thugs trying to conceal their identities just before mugging or robbing someone, or maybe they're feel a little chilly in the 90 degree night air

  • stewart

    Just google "hoodie and thug". There are so many internet outlets profiting on the obvious nature of the hoodie in our society whcih stems so obviously first from gangsta rap.

  • lovessoldier

    stewart - the original terrorists donning hoods let I remind you began the thuggish behavior of lynching, raping and burning, folks who wore them were not black....
    Media is made to divide and conquer check your source - UHHH GOOGLE? Of course all the answers you need are on google...

  • lovessoldier

    I'm done. If you don't get it you won't get it.

    Drops mike (google that)

  • noodlez

    LETS BE CLEAR.
    REAL THUGS DONT WEAR HOODIES!
    FAKE ASS WANNA BE'S DO WHEN THERE IS NO NEED FOR IT IN ORDER TO LOOK LIKE THEY ARE HARD SO THEY WILL FIT IN WHEN THEY ARE AROUND FOLK THEY DON'T IDENTIFY WITH.

    SWEAT HOODS ARE NORMALLY WORN BY THOSE TO KEEP THE CHILL OFF THEIR NECK AND TO ABSORB SWEAT OR MOISTER. THAT WAS THE REASON TRAYVON WAS WEARING HIS!

    THIS BULLSHIT MEME FOLKS CREATING WITH "HOODIES" ARE TWITTER/FACEBOOK GENERATED AND ARE SUCKED & SWALLOWED BY THE LIKES OF CHUMPS LIKE GOLDCOASTY. WHO BY THE WAY WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT A CRIMINAL LOOKS LIKE EVEN IF HE WAS ROBBED BY ONE.

    THE ONLY HOODS THUGS WEAR SHOULD BE THE ONES OVER THEIR JUNK SO THEY DON'T GET BURNED OR GET SOME LOW ESTEEMED YOUNG LADY PREGNANT.

    THESE MUTHA FUCKAS LIKE COHEN AND GOLDCOASTY'S DADDY WILL NEVA GET IT.

  • name

    I hope the conversation that Eric Holder has with his son focuses on the fact that trying to dress and act like a dangerous gang member will result in most people assuming you are a dangerous gang member.

    Flashing gang signs in photos and on the street, wearing your pants low, and walking around with a chip on your shoulder and most American Black fashion is indecipherable from gang affiliation.

    No matter how much of a choir boy your grandma thinks you are or how innocent you really are, if you wear the costume of a criminal, you will be assumed to be a criminal.

  • Really?

    Well goldcoatkid I tell billionaire mark zuckerberg your thoughts.

  • Seeing Only What You Believe

    Cohen is a dinosaur. I have always thought he must live in his apartment(He lives in NY, not DC), rarely if ever venturing anywhere outside. His lack of understanding of the world of today seems to be based on his complete lack of participation in it.

  • Steve Beall

    Wait - an opinion columnist who mouths off about matters of great importance while sitting in a puddle of his own reeking ignorance?

    I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you!

    Oh, wait ... you're talking about Richard Cohen. Never mind.

  • GoldCoastKid

    @ noodlez.
    When you type in ALL CAPS you emphasize just how much of an idiot you are.

    "Real thugs?" Your statement implies that you apparently are familiar with "real thugs". No one cares dude. This isn't high school, Noodlez.

    Don't you have a job or something else to do? Or here's an idea, go to a LIBRARY and check out a book on proper writing. Oh, but wait, you have to be able to read first... hmm

  • http://weharmonise.com/groups/greatest-robot-trading-and-martingale-theory/ Micah

    Great delivery. Great arguments. Keep up the good
    spirit.

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