- Black Criminality justified through misinterpreted statistics which then in turn perpetuated this cycle
- Case example of Trayvon Martin
Assumption: Profiled for color of skin
Being black is negative.
The Hoodie as Sign, Screen, Expectation, and Force
Mimi Thi Nguyen
Signs, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Summer 2015), pp. 791-816
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Article DOI: 10.1086/680326
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/680326
“Asked to look beneath the hoodie to see the distinctive individual, the hoodie confounds her recognition because the hoodie implies the qualities of thugness, or criminality, and imparts them accordingly. Racial subjectivization thus emerges through this interaction between flesh and fabric. Imbued with animative power, Martin’s hoodie not only lends to him the resemblance of criminal behavior and deviant being (because it obscures recognition) but also propels his body physically, expressively, into that other realm of possible activity.”
Article states a piece of clothing may be the reason for Trayvon’s death. A black man in a hoodie means a black body hidden. Was it the hoodie or the skin color? It boils down to skin color and the criminality of a dark complexion.
Zimmerman 911 call transcript
“This guy looks like he is up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
He looks black.”
So being black means being a criminal. Thus, this control of the black population becomes somehow ratified through fear mongering and white superiority.
Mass incarceration becomes the slavery of the black population.
Slavery By Another Name