Please explain to me why, given the Martin situation and current social and racial realities, African-American parents would allow their young boys to wear sweat jackets with the hoods over their heads to go to school when the weather is very warm? (Dad knew what his son was wearing because the dad dropped the son off at our suburban school.) I keep seeing this. Regardless of whether it's right or wrong that hoodies suggest anything about a person's character or intentions, the fact is we've seen that many people associate hoodies with thugs and gang members. So why stir the pot and risk a problem?