A Brief History Of Hoodies by Rick London Owner Of PlanetHoodie.com

  

 

Though hoodies have been worn since ancient times, the contemporary popularity of hoodies began in the 1930’s following the Great Depression. This was mainly out of necessity as they served several purposes from carrying belongings to keeping one warm.

   Fox News’ obscure reporter Geraldo Rivera chimed in for a bit of publicity on Fox & Friends  morning show that “The hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” He continued his absurdity on “The O’Reilly Factor,” warning minority parents not to let their kids wear them.

    To add insult to injury, he added, “Who else wears hoodies?  “Everybody that ever stuck up a convenience store, D.B. Cooper, the guy that hijacked a plane; & Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber.”

     Geraldo, what about America’s top entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg or top teen heartthrob Justin Bieber? Oh wait, you were on a Fox News show; that wouldn’t work there.

     Not that too many educated persons take Geraldo seriously, but I could add a few more who have often been depicted in art donning hoodies such as ancient monks of the Middle Ages and Jesus, most of the apostles, & Moses and his flock just to add a few.  I feel relieved Moses was not the landscape artist at Zimmerman’s condo unit….what if bushes had begun burning? Now that could raise suspicion.

      But I guess to Zimmerman, they too, would have looked suspicious carrying Skittles and Arizona Tea in his territory. Who knows what he may have done to the three wise men?   Geraldo was considered much more credible when he found a few cigarette butts and an empty coke can in Al Capone’s tomb.  

     So how did this ubiquitous sweatshirt with a built-in head cover — worn by college students and soccer moms, entrepreneurs and skateboarders come to be associated with “people up to “no good”?

     “Most pieces of material culture have symbolic qualities associated with them “The hoodie generic clothing that crosses all age, race and financial demographic barriers, but because of the contexts and the groups it’s associated with, it took on different meanings. Just like sagging pants, though it became a part of macho, hip-hop culture, its origins are from medieval Europe.”

     Dante Alighieri, the 14th-century Florentine poet Dantie Alighieri’s  who wrote “The Divine Comedy”’s trademark was his hoodie. He was never seen in public without it.

     My wife nature/photographer for Mature Arkansas never leaves home without a hoodie and hikes the mountains nearly daily. In the fall and winter, the same goes for me. And neither of us are ever eyed suspiciously.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

     Today, it is estimated that nearly 30 million Americans, many of whom used to work in corporate America such as my wife and me, and used to wear suits, now wear sweats and hoodies to our offices, about a 100 foot commute by foot from bed to office.  Statistics have shown that more than half of home office workers either wear pajamas or sweats (or sweats with hoodies while working. 

     During the last Oscar Ceremonies one of the hosts said, “I can’t wait until the show is over so I can get back into my work clothes, my sweats”.

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Rick London is a mountain man who can often be found atop one of his beloved Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas (Wearing A Hoodie).  He founded Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny hoodies & funny gifts such as PlanetHoodie.com and RickLondonGifts.com.  He often hikes with his nature photographer wife @LeeHillerLondon owner of the popular blog Hike Our Planet.  Both are wildlife and animal lovers and vegans.  Rick says he’s also quite uncoordinated.

Even If You Care Nothing Of Trayvon Martin, You Should Care About This by Rick London

    

By now, most of us know what really happened in Sanford, Fl.  It is no secret, and we know the Sanford police has a long history of similar laissezfaire response to such cases.

      If you don’t care a thing about Trayvon how about caring about this.  If Zimmerman is set free and does not have a fair trial, and the officers involved are not reprimanded, this will set a new bar for police behavior across the nation.  And that bar wil have been lowered….dramatically.

     There are many excellent police departments in this nation and they are excellent because they are committed and even if some members have issues, racism, or other emotional character defects, they leave them at home.  They work in a certain modicum of harmony with their (usually myriad of races, religions etc) fellow officers.

      But even the good ones, if this case is dropped, now get to let go of a great deal of their training. Not as much will be expected of them, and if they are confronted with such a case, any lawyer can point at the Sanford trial that was closed, and that will be that.  The old reliable police officer could easily become a thing of the past.

     The victim of any crime in any city could be you, your daughter, sister, mother, or you name it.  It may or may not be due to racial bias.  The only pertinent fact is, there is a new comparable crime in which the perpetrator was basically given his gun back and a pat on the back.  You can almost count on NOT getting the same old reliable professional police protection of the past.  The new “Trayvon Case” will be “police business as usual”.  If you think otherwise, you are naive.  Yes, there will be some good, idealistic ones who want to do good in the world. But the older jaded ones who saw what the poilce got away with in Sanford will teach them how to show up, collect a check, and go home until pension time.

   We all better hope and pray that this case is truly tried and justice is served.  If not, American doesn’t only have sleeper cells to watch out for.  We have police officer sleeping on the job (who at one time, may have taken great pride in their work and deservedly so). And I don’t know which would be more frightening. 

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I am a vegan who lives in the mountains with my beloved wife nature photographer Lee Hiller London. I founded Londons Times Cartoons and Funny Gifts which have been Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoon since 2005.  I enjoy hiking, animals, nature, movies, and lots o’ stuff. My wife Lee founded nature photography blog Hike Our planet