Black Pastors declared “Hoodie Sunday” to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin.
News of the acquittal of George Zimmerman sparked black churches nationwide to declare Sunday’s services as “Hoodie Sunday,” with pastors and congregants wearing hoodies to honor Trayvon Martin.
Rev. Tony Lee of the Community of Hope A.M.E. Church in Temple Hills, Maryland delivered his sermon in a hoodie, and told local TV station Fox 5, that while he wears hoodies, he has a Master’s degree – and wearing a hoodie does not make him a criminal.
“I don’t want this kind of stuff to happen to another one of our children,” Lee told Fox 5. “We have to hold the nation accountable but we also have to hold accountable the people who are shaping culture and shaping the atmosphere in which a young man could be dehumanized. Some of that comes from outside but some comes from our own community.”
Rather than “Hoodie Sunday” how about “Pants Worn Around Your Waist Starting This Sunday?” Or “Wear a Belt Every Day Starting This Sunday”?
Please spare me that crap about “urban dress being an expression of culture.”
The culture is death and we need to change THAT. The Church should never condone a culture that pits our youth against the very society that they will seek a job from in the future.
The Bible teaches us to respect authority. It’s disrespectful to dress in a way that makes you a suspect. It’s disrespectful to show the public your butt crack.
Let’s be honest. If you refuse to dress the part, why should any employer expect you to follow their directions during the workday? With black youth unemployment over 30% shouldn’t pastors tell their congregants the truth?
The truth is, first impressions are almost impossible to change. Lets help black youth by offering them the keys to success instead of dooming them to feel oppressed when they don’t follow societal norms.