Hoodie Sunday showcases foolishness that is killing the black community.

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.

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    Erick Benhardtson 22 July, 2013 at 13:37 Reply

    Hmm, kills a criminal in self-defense, the black community is up in arms, but you’ve killed 3X more of your own than the KKK did. You’ve killed more of your own than any race in this country. Who’s fault is that? It’s the parents, the individual’s, AND the community’s fault. GZ is going to get a medal for saving someone he didn’t even know from a wrecked vehicle and dangerous circumstances. Putting his own life at the peril for someone he didn’t even know.

    And to the pastors of our black communities, SHAME ON YOU! Where in the Bible does it say, you will wear a hoodie to Sunday mass?

    Why are you all preaching outrage and hate, when it’s the drug dealers, the pimps, the criminals that you should be going after. Not a man who protected himself! As I say to anyone who thinks that verdict was BS? Aw, didn’t get your way? Plenty of whites go to jail on a daily basis too. Trust me, lots of races other than just the ‘black man’ are in jail. Checked the populace lately though? Yep, mostly black, why? Well, if you’re doing the crime, you’re doing the time and if you’re in the highest rate of incarceration, don’t blame my white ass, don’t blame Blanca the cleaning lady or Hedzeikial the Jew Bartender in the Bronx. Nope, blame yourselves! That’s whose to blame, so knock off this racial division *** and get with the ******* program.

    You’re either American, or you’re a Criminal. What side are you on? I know what side I’m on, join me in our fight! Let’s destroy crime and division in this country, once…and for all!

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    JackeeBlue 22 July, 2013 at 14:01 Reply

    What about honoring Jesus? Isn’t that what churches are for? I guess the good pastor forgot to mention gang violence when he talked about the “dehumanizing” aspect of crimes against Black youths. I don’t see too many roving gangs of White youth preying on Black youth, HOWEVER…

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    Michael Guay 22 July, 2013 at 14:03 Reply

    I have a house that I used to live in and only stay here and there in Baltimore county(west side) I have never had a problem. It’s these race bait so called leaders that are the problem. The give voice and ramp up ones who tend to blame rather than look in the mirror…Might as well be a black KKK meeting. Too many decent people of all colors are over shadowed by the lamestream media and these hate mongers. Remember: Racism ends at the mirror and begins at the window.

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    renee 22 July, 2013 at 17:08 Reply

    wow I really agree 100% !!!! Its the same with the white culture with the Gothic stupid stuff, and they are committing suicide! I mean it isn’t just one race so it is not like you are picking on the black community. It is something I every culture that God wants us to rise above!! He says to come out of her not mingle with, and you are right, it was wrong for the churches to do that.. can you imagine if all churches had a Gothic day? Maybe I am reaching? but I think it can be said in our Country as a whole, we need to save all our children. But yes why do people do the pants so low I see there undies? lol

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      StacyOnTheRight 24 July, 2013 at 06:37 Reply

      That was my analogy as well. The Goth Emu Kids are scary looking and apparently have a suicide problem… But you would never see white churches have a goth day. Just would never happen!

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    Stephanie Snyder Staker 23 July, 2013 at 20:29 Reply

    Thank you, Stacy, for this post. You are SO right. I see these kids (not just blacks but whites and latinos) walking around with one hand holding their pants up so they can walk. I can’t tell you how many times I have been tempted to just pull their pants down (to embarrass them) but that would probably get me arrested. The point is that teens and young 20’s (mostly) dress like gang-bangers and then blame the business owner or, in the case of black kids, whites for not getting a job. Same thing with this goth look. What really blows me away is seeing fathers dressed like this! I pick up my grandson after school and see some dads swaggering up to the school, holding on to their pants, wearing hoodies (not necessarily black either). Since it is the middle of the day, apparently dad isn’t working and does he wonder why he can’t get a job? How about the way the girls dress? Piercings everywhere, tight, low-cut tops with a different color push-up bra underneath (my generation would never have a bra you could see!), their bellies hanging out with more piercings to see because their skin-tight jeans only go to the top of their hip bones. Businesspeople aren’t going to hire them either! I have to wonder what is wrong with the parents letting their kids dress like this! Sure, I know, they can go out of the house looking acceptable and changing at school but do they? The reason I ask is I see mothers picking up their kids dressed exactly the same. The most disgusting thing is many are obese and their “spare tires” bulge out or stomachs hang over the tops of their jeans. Not attractive at all. What is outrageous is that this pastor sends such a wrong message! Every point you made is right on the money too as well as some of the other comments here.

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