Lethal Gear For Black Males


Later on today, I plan on banding together with many others in the Hoodie March in Philly from 30th Street to Love Park (7:17 PM). We all have heard by now about Trayvon Martin and how he was  MURDERED by George Zimmerman, the delusional vigilante who, against the will of police even, pursued young Trayvon and ended up shooting him for what I guess he would call ‘trespassing’ in his Sanford, FL community. He still has not had to answer for his actions. What ground my gears this morning was FOX News’ Geraldo Rivera’s tweets about how Trayvon’s hoodie was to blame for his MURDER. So, yes. It’s apparent that us in hoodies, due to rap videos and movies I suppose, is a threatening site for non-Blacks.

The point of this post is that, since fashion is such an issue in this, it won’t stop at hoodies. I’ve compiled a list of other clothing items that will make us look suspicious. Although these items are available to us anywhere you go, and you by all means should be able to dress however the hell you feel, maybe avoiding these could save your life:



Although the weather has broken, and it’s not as cold out, try to avoid the wool cap. It is a staple in goon fashion.




This one goes without saying. Don’t wear a bandana. It’s especially threatening if you wear one on your head, but don’t tie it around your arms or legs and don’t let it flap out of your pocket. No matter the color, the bandana will make you a gang banger, you know, dangerous.



Yeah. I know, you gotta get those waves spinning. You may wanna confine and wave building activities to the privacy of your own home. Look at how much more thugged out Kip here looks. Someone might think he’s ready to mug or kidnap them.



Once again, the weather has broken and there’s no reason to rock one really, but avoid ski masks. You see it in the 7-11 window. Don’t wear ski masks. You’ll instantly become a jack boy/robber. Someone’ll think you’re hiding your identity in order to carry out a crime.



The NY Times in 2010  fitted caps (namely Yankee caps) are an alarming trend in criminal-wear (although we’d been wearing fitteds for about 10 years before the article was written). So there’s that.



Although, most of these are sarcastic to me, I am flabbergasted by guys getting tats all over themselves. I think it’s dumb, just because you shouldn’t want to be in public like this and it’s forever, but it truly is threatening. It clearly shows that you throw all caution to the wind and will do whatever.



This isn’t gear, but braids in your hair are frowned upon too and may make someone look at you as a thug. My cousin recently was denied entry into a club because he had his hair corn rowed. 



An oldie, but still a goodie. I do it because it’s comfortable (a point justified by my late Grandpop), but try not to sag. You’re clearly a rebel and might be dangerous.



I love blingin’ as much as the next man, but now, you gotta be careful. You’ll fill a stereotype and folks’ll think you’re a dangerous rapper or drug dealer or something. Bling with caution



I know. These are simple. Need something to wear? Hit the corner store and for $4-5, you can get a crisp, immaculate white tee to throw on. I remember in school, after a while, we weren’t allowed to wear white tees anymore because it was ‘gang apparel’ (apparently, there was some ‘white tee shirt’ gang running around I never heard of). I’m guessing it’s the same now. Also, please don’t have anything “inflammatory” on your tee shirt either.


So there you have it. My suggestions on how to dress and not be bothered, accosted or even MURDERED like our young brother Trayvon. I would say wear a suit everywhere, but the recent NYPD mosque surveillance controversy shows that even a Black man in a suit (Muslim or not) may be threatening. Be safe out there.





One Response to “Lethal Gear For Black Males”

  1. Adrian Says:

    I like it free

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