Playing the race card

Local Family Dollar stores in St. Louis have decided to clamp down on a recent crime wave at local stores by asking people to remove hooded jackets before entering stores. Store owners have recently dealt with a shooting and robberies at two store locations, and requesting individuals to remove their hoods before entering their place of business seems more than acceptable. Discount stores located in impoverished urban communities that have witnessed many major chain stores abandon the neighborhoods only to re-open in neighborhoods with different ethnic citizens are struggling with shoplifting and need to identify individuals in cases of theft & violence on surveillance cameras, which make it neccessary to take precautions to keep costs down & stay in business.

Since the story broke, the question remains: is the hoodie a black-and-white thing? some will say yes but if anyone entering the store is asked to remove their hood for the cameras, black or white than how can it be racist. It’s an attempt to ensure store patrons can be seen clearly as they walk through the store.

Many have questioned the mational media for associating the Trayvon Martin murder with the hoodie he wore in which the hoodie-race agenda has escalated out of control and taken the focus off of another youth being murdered in the sreets of Florida. According to the Maynard Institute, “rightly or wrongly, the hoodie has become identified with crime.” It’s become a calling card for pundits and it’s helped spark the race debate in major news cycles.

Oklahoma has gotten ridiculous with it and taking the issue to the next level with a proposed bill that would ban wearing hoodies in public places unless it’s a government-sponsored event or for religious reasons. Lets examine first that all Americans of every ethnicity have been subjected to the “no shirt, no shoes, no service.” policy so if restaurants are forcing patrons to wear a jacket, shirt and tie brfore entering their place of business than why can't discount stores in urban communities do the same. Dress codes are nothing new since many banks & credit unions have rules posted on their entrances stating that hats and sunglasses are prohibited.

Race relations in America is swept under the rug by most citizens because it forces individuals to be accountable for their actions. Whlie businesses struggle to keep afloat in the urban communities, there are still infiltrators on the payroll disrupting the movement of positivity & moral growth that goes unreported. Regardless of the arguments surrounding the hoodie debate, the signs in question have been taken down.