(JOURNALGAZETTE.NET) — FORT WAYNE – Sports apparel stores are experiencing hoodie hype.
The nation continues to digest the killing of black Miami teenager Trayvon Martin, gunned down in what many consider a racially motivated attack by a neighborhood watch volunteer. George Zimmerman told authorities he felt threatened partly because the 17-year-old wore a hooded sweatshirt.
Several black parents in Fort Wayne said they have no intention of changing their buying habits when it comes to the clothing item that is popular among all races of young people.
“I wear hoodies. I have one on now, but it shouldn’t matter what you have on,” said James Booker, a 39-year-old production worker with a 17-year-old son at Indiana University. “You can’t judge a person by that. My son attends IU, and I have a bunch of IU hoodies, and he does, too.”