Ross Park Mall Pittsburgh, PA: Shopping mall bans upturned hoodies for ‘safety and well-being of everyone’ but “Who gets to decide what kind of clothing is suspicious and why is it the hoodie, not hats or sunglasses that cover the eyes,”
Why do some people not like people who wear hoodies? Hooded sweatshirt is a utilitarian garment that originated in the 1930s for workers in cold New York warehouses. Hoodies were later adopted by hip hop culture as a symbol of what one reporter termed “cool anonymity and vague menace.” When the garment was depicted in FBI composite drawings of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, the hoodie became linked to “seedy threatening criminality,” thereby further asserting its non-mainstream symbolism.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often wears a plain grey hoodie rather than a business suit, drawing comment during his company’s 2012 initial public offering.
In 2015, Oklahoma state representative Don Barrington proposed a bill to criminalize wearing a “robe, mask or other disguise” in public that would “intentionally conceal the wearer’s identity”, which was criticized as an attempt to criminalize the wearing of the hoodie