Indiana Mall Hoodie Ban Is “Racist” – So Sayeth CNN’s Latest Prime Time Player Sunny Hostin…
Posted on March 7, 2014 by sundance
This perpetual meme of naming all things racist is wearing beyond thin… The mall policy has been in place since 2004. After the Newsbuster article we’ll show why.
(Via NewsBusters) Sunny Hostin blasted an Indiana mall’s ban of people wearing raised hoodies on Thursday’s New Day: “This is…akin, in my view…to ‘stop and frisk’ – to the pretext of ‘stop and frisk’ – and I think many courts have found that this type of behavior is unacceptable, and downright unconstitutional.”
The CNN legal analyst also contended that “‘hoodie’ is code for ‘thug’ in many places,” and later claimed that “to identify just hoodies in my view…it’s very, very clear what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about racial profiling. It’s code for racial profiling.
Anchor Chris Cuomo took on the role of Hostin’s sparring partner during the segment. Cuomo first noted, in defense of the commercial complex, that “the mall says, we’ve had it in place since 2004, so don’t hit me with the Trayvon Martin stick…[and] had it in place because the local police like it, and they like it because they feel it makes it easier to fight crime because it allows people to not conceal themselves. Wear your hoodie – just don’t have it concealing your face, so I can identify you in case anything happens.”
Hostin wasted little time before using her “‘hoodie’ is code for ‘thug,” and continued with her “stop and frisk” claim:
SUNNY HOSTIN: I think the bottom line is, we know what this is about. This is about the pretext for being able to stop young African-American males. ‘Hoodie’ is code for ‘thug’ in many – in many places, and I think businesses shouldn’t be in the business of telling people what to wear. The 14th Amendment protects us from this. And this is, sort of, akin, in my view, Chris, to ‘stop and frisk’ – to the pretext of ‘stop and frisk’ – and I think many courts have found that this type of behavior is unacceptable, and downright unconstitutional.
Remember the saggy pants ban…that a lot of places tried to enforce, and that again was code for black men – please don’t wear this. And so, I suspect that this will be found unconstitutional because, quite frankly, it is. And when do we get to a place in our society where we stop doing this kind of thing; where we stop targeting young black men? So, that there’s a pretext for it being allowed to stop them to escort them out of a mall simply by what they’re wearing. (continue reading with video)
Here is a news excerpt highlighting the mall policy:http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/03/07/indiana-mall-hoodie-ban-is-racist-so-sayeth-cnns-latest-prime-time-player-sunny-hostin/#comment-708871