take a look at the conversation that took place after this image was posted:
To raise awareness about the #millionhoodies march and general online campaign [elon james] posted the picture below on [his] social networks. This was the response on one of them.
[REDACTED]: Um no. This guy IS suspicious. I would totally purse clutch and traffic dodge to avoid and I’m not sure of the message here. March for hoodies?
[REDACTED]: I grasp the point racism is rasicm, no dress code needed. But we need to watch our PR and how our message is distributed. The above is not helping or helpful to disseminate the message. It’s an image of a thug in a hoodie. Treyon was not a thug, he was a child and this is the image that should be used. And the main goal is to make the “point” as EASY to grasp as possible. We can march and protest and leverage petitions, but if our attitude is, “read between the lines to get my point”, then we move no one. We also need to utilize the most powerful, personable images we have. This guy is not one of them.
Elon James White: Oh HI [REDACTED] I’m the image of the “Thug in a hoodie.” Do you know who I am? Do you know what I do? You said that THAT’s an image of a thug in a hoodie and TREYVON WASNT A THUG. Ma’am, I’m not a thug. I’m an engaged political commentator with a background in I.T. I throw dinner parties and build studios from scratch. But YOU saw a thug in a hoodie.
Do you understand the problem now?
ha! he’s clowning on white people right now. being a black male = being a thug UNLESS you are real extra like Steve Urkel.
I wear hoodies often, but I also think they can look shady, regardless of one’s race. In that sense, I agree that the hoodie campaign may not be the best idea (esp if it’s perceived as a call to neglect our innate sense of caution). On the other hand, I totally hear Elon’s retort, and think it’s a good point, that our sense of caution shouldn’t be triggered unknowingly and undeservedly simply by seeing people of another race, region, or religion. But again, I’m not sure the hoodie campaign is going to reach the widest audience or be most effective. If the goal of those involved is to raise awareness about racism, justice, etc. I would agree to stick with the most relatable, non-threatening image to show the public, “we’re all people. we’re in this together. we have to work together and respect eachother. etc.” And hoodies - on the majority of adults, and even many kids - just don’t yell, “Hey, of course I shouldn’t be a concern; I’m just your friendly neighbor.”
So, I agree with the message, but I’m not sold on the medium.