Unfortunately many people view them as a symbol of urban violence, and have come to view those wearing them as being a potential threat. It doesn't matter that the person wearing one is an honor student. Those people think, if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and talks like a duck and is seen in the company of ducks, it must be a duck--even when they are totally wrong. They assume the wearer is either a gang-banger or a wanna-be. That in itself can lead to big trouble, as we have seen.
Nothing aslong as your wearing it for the right reasons, cold head, raining outside, wind protection. Basically protecting you from elements. If your wearing it during christmas dinner then your begging for thug status.
down here on the doors of the banks there now is a list of things they don't want you to wear if you go inside...all are innocent items in themselves but since a few use them to break the law now all that wear them are looked at suspiciously.....sad but these are the times we live in now
It is a garment.Some people think it means person might be a bad person.Heck a lot of bad guys in expensive designer suits.I see it like that black leather jackets the hoods wore in 1960's.Time for a clothing change hoodie now been in style since late 1980's.New young people will start something different.