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The Hoodie Factor: Obama administration fanned suspicion

After the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the hoodie became a factor in the national debate because the teen was wearing one the night he died.

George Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher the neighborhood had had some breakins. “There’s a real suspicious guy.”

After answering the dispatcher’s question about whether the stranger was “white, black, or hispanic,” Zimmerman answered the next question, “Did you see what he was wearing?”

“Yeah, a dark hoodie like a gray hoodie…”

Establishment media have written about the hoodie, but every story has omitted an important fact.

The Obama administration’s Dept. of Homeland Security fanned suspicion about the hoodie in the ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign.

FBI drawing of the Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski. (FBI/Jeanne Boylan)A video posted by DHS repeatedly casts characters dressed in hoodies as suspicious.

Now various politicos and opportunists can’t get enough of the hoodie. They’re doing a disservice to the community.

A person you encounter dressed in a garment that conceals his or her features will raise suspicions in most people, especially on a dark, rainy night. If you’ve had repeated breakins in your neighborhood, your suspicion would be elevated.

As opportunists attempt to incite people for political gain, it’s useful to remember the vilification of the hoodie was expanded by the federal government.

Americans who remember the Unabomber will also recall the FBI image of that suspect. He wore a hoodie.

Politicians and celebrities can promote the hoodie without fear of repercussion. They’re insulated from the real world most of us live in.

Democrats in Congress have made much of the fact that Martin wore a hoodie the night Zimmerman shot him. No Democrat raised concerns about the Obama administration's public service announcements implying that a hoodie should raise suspicions.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/July 18, 2013)

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