Great idea, Zum. I've seen some beautiful hoodied mugs answer the call thus far, starting with yours. Lezlie's too. Actually hers was the first I opened as it was the first I spotted in the feed. Quick dropped what I was doing, whipped out my...hoodie and here I am.
My post is a comment I left on Don Rich's post:
Some good points here, in the post and comments. What if it comes down simply to stereotypes and perceptions? If Zimmerman's family insists he is not Hispanic altho he looks to be and was perceived to be by the police, maybe he strives for a self-perception as "whiter than white" and saw the hoodied black boy as the White Man's nemesis invading White America.
Delusional, unbalanced personally as the quasi-anointed defender of a delusional and unbalanced, perhaps paranoid community. If the local police identify with the community power structure, which they do realistically even if it conflicts with professional best practices, they went running to the local prosecutor before doing what any experienced cop would do ordinarily, which is to arrest the shooter on suspicion of homicide if not charging him or her at the time of arrest.
So the cops frantically page the prosecutor, whose first impulse is, holy shit lemme think about this - the Zimmermans are solid citizens here and I believe they supported me in the last campaign and what the hell was the punk doing there anyways...etc. The feds will have a field day with this. Obama haters are already saying that if Justice gets involved it will mean Holder is playing the race card. Are we a great nation or what. (That is not a question - not even rhetorical. Just pure sarcasm.)