Trayvon Martin ‘Million Hoodie March’: A short history of the hoodie
Two objects have been elevated to symbols in the case of the death of Trayvon Martin: Skittles and the hoodie.
When Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was shot in Florida late last month, he was carrying the candy and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Wednesday, his style of dress inspired a “Million Hoodie March” in New York City, where hundreds rallied to honor Martin and call for the arrest of George Zimmerman, who shot him.
The hoodie has had a long and tortured history, long before Trayvon Martin. But let’s start with him, and then rewind backwards.